Microsoft Calls Linux Deal with Novell a "Patent Peace"

Microsoft declared a "patent peace" with Novell, the No. 2 Linux seller. Microsoft and Novell announced the deal under which Novell's Suse Linux Enterprise Server and Desktop customers need not fear Microsoft will assert patent rights against them. In addition, Microsoft pledged not to assert patents against unpaid open-source programmers or against any open-source programmers contributing to Novell's OpenSuse.

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