Court Ruling Brings Renewed Chance for Novell-Microsoft Settlement
That decision follows a ruling by the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in
In an interview with eWEEK at its BrainShare conference here March 17, Novell
"In the spirit of open conversation and in the spirit of looking at the different things we could solve between the two companies, this came up in that normal course, and it was one of those things that we agreed to put on the shelf. We just disagreed. It will happen again, but I'm impressed at the way we both handled it and the professionalism involved," he said.
Novell felt very good about its position with regard to the case, Hovsepian said, but Microsoft also did, which "is unfortunately why we ended up having to use the legal process."
But a source close to the case said the Supreme Court's decision may make Microsoft more willing to negotiate a settlement, particularly in the light of the ongoing antitrust against it by the European Union.