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[opensuse-project] <sigh>.. more explaining needed wrt. MS-deal
  • From: Martin Schlander <suse@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 10 May 2007 16:29:42 +0200
  • Message-id: <200705101629.42779.suse@xxxxxxxxxx>
Today some information that's new to me and apparently to most others 
surfaces.

Apparently the patent-part of the deal does not _only_ cover customers.

Our good friend Justin Steinman says:

"... in order to deliver the interoperability between Novell eDirectory and 
Microsoft Active Directory, as well as the bidirectional virtualization 
between Windows and SUSE Linux Enterprise, Novell required sanctioned access 
to Microsoft's code in order to develop open source interoperability without 
violating Microsoft's intellectual property."
http://www.businessreviewonline.com/os/archives/2007/05/novell_confirms.html

Now the eDirectory and Active Directory part I don't care much about - though 
I wonder how I missed this information before. I thought I had followed the 
debate pretty closely.

But what's really concerning is that to me it seems like he's saying XEN (or 
at least the Novell edition) will be covered by MS "intellectual property" in 
the future.

Can someone explain this to me. It would be nice to be prepared when people 
start attacking us again.
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