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Get the Facts: Microsoft/Novell Deal

On November 2nd 2006, it was made official that Novell had chosen to receive a small fortune in order to assist Microsoft’s battle against Free software, including GNU/Linux.

“Free software hasn’t a debt to Microsoft, so say no to Novell.”This deal results in extortion, so-called “patent terroritm”, and a variety of other nasty consequences that illustrate Novell’s role as a proxy for Microsoft.

To make matters worse, the following words from Microsoft’s Brad Smith confirm the fact that Novell pays Microsoft royalties for Linux and Free software, due to unsubstantiated claims whose validity Novell stubbornly denies.

And you’ll see, as well, an economic commitment from Novell to Microsoft that involves a running royalty, a percentage of revenue on open source software shipped under the agreement

When you pay Novell, you give your money to a multiple-times convicted monopoly abuser. Free software hasn’t a debt to Microsoft, so say no to Novell.

Say No to Novell

Last edited in 2007

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