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Novell Answers Questions

Novell has posted a new FAQ for the free software community. (I provided some help on identifying questions and drafting answers on this.)

There is also an accompanying press announcement: Novell Outlines Details of Agreement with Microsoft.

More on the way shortly…

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3 Responses

  1. Great FAQ. Thanks for helping get this out, Ted. Hopefully the MS-haters masquerading as FOSS-advocates will have a bit less ammunition now.

    Can’t we all just get along?

  2. Supplemental reading:

    * Opensuse mailing lists

    The community does not seem to fully agree or believe. I hope that more press releases will follow. Too many questions, e.g.:

    Details of Novell-MS Pact – The SEC filing – Updated

    ,—-[ Quote ]
    | Just realized the full significance. Novell here is stepping outside
    | the line of fire and agreeing with Microsoft that *end users* are
    | the ones that you must go after in any patent infringement dispute.
    | Shades of SCOsource. Thanks for nothing, Novell. More questions:
    | When were Novell SUSE customers asked if they wished Novell to
    | negotiate a agreement with Microsoft on their behalf? When were
    | Novell SUSE customers asked about the terms of said agreement?W
    | hat consideration does Microsoft get from Novell’s customers?
    | Does negotiating this agreement on Novell’s customers’ behalf
    | indicate that Novell assumed Power of Attorney for their customers
    | in this matter? Did Novell truly represent the best interest of
    | their customers using Power of Attorney? Can Novell legally assume
    | Power of Attorney for their customers without a written grant? Do
    | Novell customers have the ability to “opt-out” of this agreement?
    | Is this agreement binding on customers?
    `—-

    http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20061107194320461

    Details still fuzzy on Microsoft-Novell pact

    ,—-[ Quote ]
    | What, exactly, is covered by Microsoft?s $108 million and Novell’s
    | $40 million patent payments to each other? What did each company
    | know/see/fear that spurred these payoffs? Inquiring minds want
    | to know more.
    `—-

    http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=91

  3. lemme try that again… i’m confused by this.. Novell Outlines Details of Agreement with Microsoft… how does one outline details? you eith have an ouline, or you have details.

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