Patents bring Novell and Microsoft together

I remember hearing in the hallways back when I worked at Microsoft that Novell had some patents that were going to force Microsoft to pay attention at minimum and would force it to negotiate. I didn’t have much knowledge at the time, but it’s pretty interesting to see the announcement that’s going on right now — looks like the hallway chatter was correct. One IM’er just wrote me and said “feels like hell is freezing over.”

When a big news story like this hits, where do you go first? I go to Google News. There are already tons of stories there.

Dana Gardner is blogging it live.

More on TechMeme.

Comments

  1. Amazing.. Great news..

    Does this mean we can finally say Mono is LEGAL ?
    No more FUD about patent claims etc ???

  2. Amazing.. Great news..

    Does this mean we can finally say Mono is LEGAL ?
    No more FUD about patent claims etc ???

  3. I wonder if that means more Mono compatability with the newest of .Net.
    Seems like a very good deal for Novell, especially in the short-term where many companies interested in Linux will choose SUSE because of the patents’ coverage. So… kudos

  4. I wonder if that means more Mono compatability with the newest of .Net.
    Seems like a very good deal for Novell, especially in the short-term where many companies interested in Linux will choose SUSE because of the patents’ coverage. So… kudos

  5. Sucks for Red Hat.

    Anti-MS zealots like those found on slashdot will now avoid Suse like the plague and choose other distros, but corporations are what matter, and corps are now much more likely to go with Suse over other distros.

  6. Sucks for Red Hat.

    Anti-MS zealots like those found on slashdot will now avoid Suse like the plague and choose other distros, but corporations are what matter, and corps are now much more likely to go with Suse over other distros.

  7. I wonder if the patent protection on Mono also covers OpenSuSe ? (which is run/funded by Novell??)

    Bad luck for RedHat/Ubuntu/etc etc…

    Surely that makes SuSE very attractive to small business owners who wish to reduce costs..

  8. I wonder if the patent protection on Mono also covers OpenSuSe ? (which is run/funded by Novell??)

    Bad luck for RedHat/Ubuntu/etc etc…

    Surely that makes SuSE very attractive to small business owners who wish to reduce costs..

  9. Looks like OpenSuSE is FINE..??

    Quoting:
    http://news.zdnet.com/2100-3513_22-6132119.html

    “Today, Novell is the only company in our industry that is able to provide the customer not only with the code to run Linux, but also with a patent covenant from Microsoft,” Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel, said at the event.

    In addition, Microsoft promised not to assert patents against developers being paid to create code for OpenSuse, Smith said.

    Money is flowing both ways for the patent agreement, Smith said, including an “up-front balancing payment that runs from Microsoft to Novell, reflecting the large relevant volume of the products that we have shipped and an economic commitment from Novell to Microsoft that involves a running royalty.”

  10. Looks like OpenSuSE is FINE..??

    Quoting:
    http://news.zdnet.com/2100-3513_22-6132119.html

    “Today, Novell is the only company in our industry that is able to provide the customer not only with the code to run Linux, but also with a patent covenant from Microsoft,” Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel, said at the event.

    In addition, Microsoft promised not to assert patents against developers being paid to create code for OpenSuse, Smith said.

    Money is flowing both ways for the patent agreement, Smith said, including an “up-front balancing payment that runs from Microsoft to Novell, reflecting the large relevant volume of the products that we have shipped and an economic commitment from Novell to Microsoft that involves a running royalty.”

  11. Around our office here’s how the chat went:
    Oh sure, *first* Novell copies Expose from Apple, and *now* they copy partnering with Microsoft, which Apple did first in 1997!
    :)

  12. Around our office here’s how the chat went:
    Oh sure, *first* Novell copies Expose from Apple, and *now* they copy partnering with Microsoft, which Apple did first in 1997!
    :)

  13. Androhair: Microsoft is always having lawsuits and legal problem with any enterprise that tries to have a healthy competition..Im still waiting for a solution regarding the active x controls on IE, when will they let this applets work as they should and stop blocking them instead.
    http://www.androhair.com

  14. Androhair: Microsoft is always having lawsuits and legal problem with any enterprise that tries to have a healthy competition..Im still waiting for a solution regarding the active x controls on IE, when will they let this applets work as they should and stop blocking them instead.
    http://www.androhair.com

  15. [...] Microsoft went out and cut a deal with Novell so that they wouldn’t have to go into a patent war with each other. Then, they all sang kumbaya and cooked eggs on an XBox. They felt such inner peace from the experience that they removed the transfer limitation from the Vista license. Afterward, Microsoft engineers showed Novell lawyers how “cool and awesome and totally rad” (okay, so maybe those weren’t the exact words) their newly launched Zune site was. [...]

  16. Microsoft to work with Linux

    This story has received a ton of coverage this past week and I can’t help putting my two cents in on the discussion. The rumor behind the deal according to Robert Scoble’s blog is that Novell had the goods on…

  17. While many have tried to divide the technology industry into separate worlds – open source or proprietary – the reality is more and more companies are using a mix of solutions and this will go along way towards meeting the needs of folks who use both solutions.

  18. While many have tried to divide the technology industry into separate worlds – open source or proprietary – the reality is more and more companies are using a mix of solutions and this will go along way towards meeting the needs of folks who use both solutions.

  19. [...] Aggiornamenti al blog meno frequenti causa impegni,come quello di configurare per bene l’host,quindi me ne scuso. Dopo l’accordo che è sembrato il patto col diavolo, tra Novell, la venture dell’open soruce, e Microsoft, la mangia diritti digitali, ecco un altra notizia allo stesso modo importante, sempre nel settore del software libero: non è una notizia sconcertante ma SUN ha rilasciato la sua tecnologia Java sotto licenza GNU (General Public License version two,GPLv2), sono già disponibili i pacchetti Java SE e Java ME. Anche Java quindi è diventato open source, ci saranno invece versioni commerciali solo per chi chiederà il supporto: maggiori dettagli sono presenti su questa page. Probabilmente Sun si aspetta che anche i sistemi Linux (e non solo) porteranno con sè Java nelle proprie distribuzioni, conquistando così nuovi mercati ed ampliando la compatibilità della sua tecnologia. Questa notizia non mi ha stupito poichè l’azienda in interviste e strategie in questi mesi non ha fatto nulla per nascondere questa novità; un passo in avanti rispetto a quello indietro, a mio punto di vista, fatto da Novell e Microsoft. [...]