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Jobs go at Novell
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| Novell is cutting jobs in various departments
| and in various countries.
| The Linux vendor, which has spent recent weeks
| cutting its UK distributors, will trim between
| 100 and 130 jobs from its total headcount of
| The cuts come across geographies and
| departments and staff are getting severance
| packages based on length of service, a
| spokesman for the firm told CNet.
| Novell is also suspending contributions to
| employees' 401K pension pots.
Novell, SCO: When FUD Comes Calling
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| But beware. FUD is in operation here. Back in November 2006 Microsoft and
| Novell entered an agreement under the terms of which Microsoft provided a
| covenant to Novell's Linux customers that it would not sue them if it turned
| out that Linux infringed certain unspecified Microsoft patents, as the
| Redmond company had suddenly started claiming in 2004. Novell also agreed to
| provide a similar covenant to Microsoft customers.
| As Novell puts it, "By securing a commitment from Microsoft to support the
| use of Linux and open source software, we have allayed any potential concerns
| for our customers and removed a barrier to enterprisewide Linux adoption."
| The fact that Novell stated at the time "there was no threatened litigation"
| from Microsoft leads one to the conclusion that this was all FUD-making.
| It's a bit like a food company saying "our products contain no rat poison,"
| thus implying that competitors products might.
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