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Having Added Mono and OOXML to OpenOffice.org, Novell Wants to Cash in and Give Patents to Microsoft

Posted in Microsoft, Mono, Novell, Open XML, OpenOffice, Patents at 1:10 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Novell may be days away from approval of being acquired by AttachMSFT and passing almost 1,000 patents to Microsoft; in the mean time, Novell wants to monetise the project it polluted, forked, and to some extent wrecked

NOVELL is a proprietary software company which thinks like a proprietary software company but markets itself as an open source software company or a “Linux company”. Some journalists fall for it and propagate the illusion, even though Novell’s contributions to OpenOffice.org, for example, can almost be summarised as “adding the features Microsoft paid us to add to OpenOffice.org” (antifeatures like OOXML, which helped Microsoft ram is down ISO’s throat). Novell tries monetising Sun’s work to which they added OOXML and other such antifeatures. And who can ever forget Novell's Windows-only OpenOffice releases?

“Will Novell give its OpenOffice.org-related software patents to Microsoft now?”Based on Michael Applebaum’s latest PR piece, Novell’s marketers are back to their odd buzzterm, “agility”, as well as “cloud computing” (more on Fog Computing in this other PR post) and of course “innovation”, the bigger word for “invention” and sometimes a synonym or eurphemism for “patent” (which itself is a euphemism for monopoly). What ever happened to “open source” at Novell? It dissipated after the Microsoft deal.

Novell can go on and on about award nominations (for obscure awards like the CODiE we mentioned the other day), reviews and “success stories”, but the company is a total failure which now feeds Microsoft and some other foes of GNU/Linux with Linux-hostile patents. A lot of pressure is being put on regulatory agencies to stop the CPTN deal, but the OSI and FSF forget to place a lot of the blame and the pressure where it fits (more on that important subject will come later). The main problem is Novell, which could theoretically still withdraw its CPTN deal. Instead, Novell is eager to just sell its patents to Microsoft as soon as possible and an acquisition by attachMSFT is scheduled for 6 days from now, based on Novell. Nobody even raises the question about Novell’s motives. The issue was deflected by spin. Remember what we wrote in 2006 about Novell as a patent minefield in OpenOffice.org. Will Novell give its OpenOffice.org-related software patents to Microsoft now? Boycott Novell.

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