''I can't answer the question''

Andy Green andy at warmcat.com
Thu Jun 28 05:27:40 UTC 2007

''Red Hat CEO says he talked patents with Microsoft
Wed Jun 27, 2007 11:52PM EDT

By Jim Finkle

BOSTON (Reuters) - Red Hat Inc. (RHT.N: Quote, Profile, Research) Chief
Executive Matthew Szulik said his company last year held talks with
Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) over a patent
agreement that broke down before the software giant signed a deal with
Red Hat rival Novell Inc (NOVL.O: Quote, Profile, Research).

The developer of Linux software, has yet to sign such a deal which could
see Novell, its biggest rival, woo customers away from Red Hat and work
on product development and sales with the world's No.1 software maker.

In an interview with Reuters, Szulik declined to say whether his company
is now in negotiations with Microsoft over signing such a patent agreement.

"I can't answer the question," he said.


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