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[News] Novell and the Copyright Snag; Microsoft Applies Patent Tax to SUSE with "Coupons"

  • Subject: [News] Novell and the Copyright Snag; Microsoft Applies Patent Tax to SUSE with "Coupons"
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 03 Feb 2010 11:53:19 +0000
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Copyright Assignment

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| Copyright Assignment is a tricky topic in 
| the FLOSS world.
| The first time copyright assignment drew 
| my attention was in how Novellâs go-oo 
| hypocritically uses it as FUD against Open 
| Office, and â of course â how ignorant 
| and/or malicious mono apologists used it 
| as a talking point.


Microsoft/Novell: Breaking Down the Coupon Numbers

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| And what an investment it has been: an 
| initial payment of US$348 million to 
| Novell... with US$240 million tagged 
| specifically for those infamous 
| subscription certificates for SUSE 
| Enterprise Linux to hand out or resell to 
| interested customers. Indeed, this was the 
| thrust of the SD Times article: that 
| Microsoft is almost through passing these 
| coupons out.
| The thought that was actually provoked 
| came from this sentence in the article: "A 
| total of 475 customers have used an 
| unspecified number of coupons, according 
| to Microsoft."
| This struck me as a very interesting 
| figure, because after firing up XCalc, I 
| figured out that if indeed just 475 
| customers have received these coupons, 
| then Microsoft has essentially subsidized 
| SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 
| deployments an average tune of 
| US$505,263.16 per customer.
| Keep in mind that while we have no idea of 
| how many actual single- or multi-year 
| subscriptions were actually used with 
| these disbursements, we can get a very 
| rough idea based on Novell's current 
| pricing structure of how many boxes this 
| may represent.


"I've heard from Novell sales representatives that Microsoft sales executives have started
calling the Suse Linux Enterprise Server coupons "royalty payments"..."

	--Matt Asay, formerly Novell, April 21st, 2008


Ex-Novell developer releases port of Tomboy

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| A software developer who was sacked by Novell in the first quarter of this
| year has begun porting Tomboy, one of two Mono-dependent applications which
| is part of the GNOME desktop, to C++/Gtkmm.
| Hubert Figuiere , who is based in Canada, says this has nothing to do with
| Mono at all, though he is admittedly not a fan of the .NET clone which has
| been developed by Novell vice-president Miguel de Icaza.
| The port of Tomboy is called Gnote.

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