If you recall, Novell's former best friend for SUSE Linux was Microsoft. Microsoft and Novell have a partnership where the two parties had certificates that indemnified SUSE users from any intellectual property liability. In addition, Microsoft officially recommended SUSE Linux Enterprise for hybrid Windows/Linux shops.
Microsoft is preparing its community for the arrival of Windows 9, probably sometime in 2015, but that will probably be the last operating system that Microsoft will sell. The Linux systems are evolving quickly and the there's no stopping them.If you remember correctly, Apple already took this step, of making their system free (sort of).
Setback for Microsoft’s patent troll with the massive yacht
Summary: Linux-hostile patent moves from Microsoft and further debates about the patentability of software
WE HAVE heard rumours which say that the United States may be the new centre of Nokia, which is a Finnish company almost 150 years old.
“Our partnership with Microsoft continues to expand.”
–Ron Hovsepian, Novell CEO
Summary: The writings have been on the wall for 4 years, persistently warning that Novell was a ticking time bomb with its growing pile of software patents and growing relationship with Microsoft
NOVELL’S UNIX might still be up for sale, so Novell owning it
In a move designed to protect the free and open source software community, the U.S. Justice Department has intervened in an intellectual property case involving four dominant IT enterprises. The transaction involves software developer Novell and a consortium made up of Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and EMC.