Novell's alliance with Microsoft?

Arthur Pemberton pemboa at
Fri Nov 10 19:54:15 UTC 2006

On 11/10/06, Jay Scherrer <jay at> wrote:
> List,
> How will this alliance of Novell with Microsoft effect future releases
> of Fedora? I am happy that Fedora is continually and fully open-sourced.
> Reference:
> <>
> Q1. How is this agreement compatible with Novell's obligations under
> Section 7 of the GPL?
> Our agreement with Microsoft is focused on our customers, and does not
> include a patent license or covenant not to sue from Microsoft to Novell
> (or, for that matter, from Novell to Microsoft). Novell's customers
> receive a covenant not to sue directly from Microsoft. We have not
> agreed with Microsoft to any condition that would contradict the
> conditions of the GPL and we are in full compliance.
> Novell's end user customers receive a covenant not to sue directly from
> Microsoft for their use of Novell products and services, but these
> activities are outside the scope of the GPL.
> <END>

All I ask is that RedHat do no such thing. I used to like Novel - for
Wordperfect - then the sold it. RedHat has Fedora, and as soon as I
get the funds and need, I will be sure to pickup RHEL for serious use.
I would hope RedHat gives me no reason to do otherwise. Linux is about
choice - I will choose another distro if RedHat does too many things
that I do not like.

Fedora Core 6 and proud

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