Microsoft, Novell exchange money, patents

By Justin Mann on November 8, 2006, 11:25 AM
Microsoft is going all gung-ho about using open source software more. They're even willing to pay for it. Yesterday , Microsoft announced that they will be forking over a total of $384 Million to Novell for usage of their distro and patents. With last week's partnership of sorts, the two companies will be working more closely together to provide seamless products. Aside from paying the money, Microsoft also is agreeing only to use Novell's products for at least three years, giving Novell a significant advantage over other Linux companies. The apparent aim is to enable Windows and Linux products on the business end to work together more easily.

In turn, Novell will also be paying Microsoft for usage of their patents. Strange stuff.

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techie242 said:
The announcement demonstrates that more business and government agencies are looking to a combination of open and proprietary solutions and companies must work to offer interoperability solutions that enable customers to deploy open source and proprietary software more efficiently and addresses the IP open source issues that customers were most concerned about.
mrtbone said:
Despite the claims by some elements of the open source community that OSS is a religion or a way of life, its a commercial business model. One that has attained a great deal of success, as proven by the important deal.
lindalo said:
While many have tried to divide the technology world into separate universes - open source or proprietary the reality is more and more companies are using a mix of solutions and this will go along way towards meeting the needs of folks who use both solutions.
dkirkjr said:
In order for open source to become more widely available and commercially viable, it's going to have to be able to tap into the broader markets. Novell and Microsoft might just be leading the way here, working together without having to be forced to do so by regulatory agencies.
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