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05.23.07

Microsoft is Novell’s #1 Channel Partner

Posted in Deals, Deception, GNU/Linux, GPL, Microsoft, Novell, SLES/SLED at 8:53 pm by Shane Coyle

Recent statements by Novell’s Justin Steinman regarding the Microsoft-Novell deal continue to indicate that Microsoft is indeed distributing SUSE, and quite successfully I may add.

Steinman characterized the deal as good for the open source movement, and referred to it as the deal that "put Linux in Walmart and Nationwide Bank" (Umm, Walmart already had Linux Justin – don’t know about Nationwide off the top of my head), and we all know sometimes Justin has a gift for making bombastic statements, fumbling his words or spinning the words of others, so it is alway precarious to base our speculation on Justin’s statements.

Anyhow, my question is this: How can Microsoft be Novell’s #1 channel partner, as Justin asserts, but not a distributor bound by the GPLv2?

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  1. Roy Schestowitz said,

    May 24, 2007 at 3:19 am

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    The link to the joint statement appears to be here:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/infoworld/20070524/tc_infoworld/88804;_ylt=ArgeHJ2EfyFte1wawVRe4qcjtBAF

    Or here:

    http://www.infoworld.com/article/07/05/23/novell_microsoft_defend_patent_deal_1.html

    The link in in the item points at the EFF scoop.

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