Novell to Reveal Microsoft Patent Pact Details

Lora Bentley

Novell will publish its agreements with Microsoft as attachments to the annual report it will file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to ZDNet. Bruce Lowry told a panel audience at the Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco that the report, which was delayed while the company looked into its stock option practices, would be filed by the end of the month.


Though parts of the agreement will be redacted, the remaining details will undoubtedly be of great interest to others in the open source community, many of whom scorned Novell for "making a deal with the devil" and accused the Linux distributor of selling out. When Microsoft began declaring recently that Linux and open source violated more than 200 of its patents, interest in the company's deal with Novell was renewed.


Novell's Justin Steinman says the company was "pleased and displeased" with Microsoft's claims, ZDNet reports. Displeased, because the software juggernaut was stirring up trouble yet again, and in a tone that wasn't productive. Pleased, because, if Microsoft is bent on stirring up such trouble, Novell knows its customers will be protected.

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