Today, Novell provided a press release describing the financial details of their big deal with Microsoft announced last Thursday as well as trying to put out the fire they started in the open source community. Here are the financial details bulletized:
How would you like to be on the Microsoft sales force selling this?
I don’t imagine that’s much of a give-up.
Novell must have really needed the net $68 million, but they may have to spend it on asbestos underwear before the open source crowd gets through flaming them (e.g. Perens: ‘Novell is the new SCO’).
Speaking of which, Novell tried to head off complaints from that quarter by mentioning their past support of open source in the press release and also by offering this FAQ. Sample:
Q3. Is this agreement an admission that Linux products from Novell infringe Microsoft patents?
Patent concerns did not drive our entry into this agreement. Novell makes no admission that its Linux and open source offerings infringe on any other parties’ patents. Our position has not changed as a result of this agreement.
So why is Novell paying Microsoft at least $40 million over 5 years for patent cooperation? They claim it’s a covenant for Microsoft not to sue Novell’s customers. I’d suggest a large steamer trunk full of flame resistant undies, fellas.