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.
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.
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.
“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
Summary: CodePlex/Microsoft wolf in new sheep’s clothing; Free software luminaries are not foolish enough to fall for it
In order for Microsoft to speak on behalf of its opposition (Microsoft’s CodePlex does this a lot), Microsoft must pretend to be a friend of the competition.
Summary: Microsoft et al. head for the door just shortly after OSI files a complaint to the German Federal Cartel Office
TECHRIGHTS wishes to begin with the good news. Those patents which Novell was going to hand over to Microsoft? Well, that ain’t gonna happen on the face of it.