Novell Reassures Linux Users On Microsoft Patents - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
News

Novell Reassures Linux Users On Microsoft Patents

Even though Novell recently signed an agreement protecting its SuSE users from Microsoft intellectual property lawsuits, Novell says Linux doesn't violate any Microsoft patents. Microsoft responds that the two companies "agreed to disagree" on that.

Linux vendor Novell says Linux doesn't violate Microsoft patents, even though Novell recently signed an agreement with Microsoft protecting Novell SuSE users against patent lawsuits from Microsoft.

Novell disagrees with an open letter from Microsoft implying Linux infringes on Microsoft intellectual property, said Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian in an open letter to the open source community.

But Microsoft shot back that the two companies "agreed to disagree" on whether some open-source projects infringe on Microsoft patents. Both Microsoft and Novell are committed to their agreement to advance the interoperability of Windows and Linux, Microsoft said.

The two companies made a deal this month that included patent protections, support cooperation, and codevelopment of technology for Windows-Linux interoperability. As part of the agreement, Microsoft promised not to sue Novell for patent infringement stemming from code currently in Novell's SuSE Linux, or future technology codeveloped by the companies. At the same time, Microsoft got the same patent protections from Novell.

The implication that Microsoft code could be in Linux set off a frenzy within the open-source community, with developers demanding that Microsoft show the infringing code. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer fanned the flames further last week when he said, "Anybody who's got Linux in their data center today sort of has an undisclosed balance sheet liability." The remarks were made to the Professional Association for SQL Server in a discussion posted on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's site.

Hovsepian distanced Novell from Microsoft and Ballmer, saying, "We disagree with the recent statements made by Microsoft on the topic of Linux and patents," in his letter.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Previous
1 of 2
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
The State of Cloud Computing - Fall 2020
The State of Cloud Computing - Fall 2020
Download this report to compare how cloud usage and spending patterns have changed in 2020, and how respondents think they'll evolve over the next two years.
News
Can Cloud Revolutionize Business and Software Architecture?
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  1/15/2021
Slideshows
10 IT Trends to Watch for in 2021
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  12/22/2020
News
How CDOs Can Build Insight-Driven Organizations
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  1/15/2021
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
2021 Top Enterprise IT Trends
We've identified the key trends that are poised to impact the IT landscape in 2021. Find out why they're important and how they will affect you.
White Papers
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll