Microsoft denies Novell deal is breach of GPL

Microsoft Corp has denied that its patent deal with Novell Inc is in breach of the GNU General Public License or will automatically spread Microsoft's patent protection to other Linux distributions.

"Being compliant with the GPL was obviously a massively important part of doing this, and it's something we've been working on for a long time," Bill Hilf, Microsoft's general manager of platform strategy, told Computer Business Review.

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