Novell: We Don't Support What Microsoft Says

Aron Schatz
November 21, 2006

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Even though we have partnered with them. Novell is trying to save some face with the recent attacks on Linux by Ballmer of Microsoft.


Since our announcement, some parties have spoken about this patent agreement in a damaging way, and with a perspective that we do not share. We strongly challenge those statements here. We disagree with the recent statements made by Microsoft on the topic of Linux and patents. Importantly, our agreement with Microsoft is in no way an acknowledgment that Linux infringes upon any Microsoft intellectual property. When we entered the patent cooperation agreement with Microsoft, Novell did not agree or admit that Linux or any other Novell offering violates Microsoft patents.


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