The Novell-MS Deal: What Happens After the 5 Years?

A friend asked me a question yesterday that I couldn't answer, so I did some research to see if I could find one. The question was: In the Novell-Microsoft deal, what happens at the end of the 5-year term? If you as an individual programmer write code, contribute it, and it's covered by the patent agreement during the five years, what happens to it afterward? Is that contributed code still covered? Are you?

Novell Readies Customers and Partners for Linux-Based Open ES 2

Novell today introduced Novell Open Enterprise Server 2, announcing support from software partners and delivering a training and technical services promotion to help more customers take advantage of Open Enterprise Server.

Novell drops Hula project

"The quick synopsis is, Novell no longer has anyone working full-time on Hula. As a team we have spent some time looking at where the Hula project is and the opportunities in the market and in the end we had to conclude that we couldn't justify investing at the same level in Hula going forward. So those of us who have been developing Hula full-time will be moving on to other roles and to other parts of the company."

openSUSE holds public IRC Q&A on Microsoft/Novell deal

OpenSUSE project developers held a public IRC meeting at noon EST Monday to discuss the recently announced and highly controversial Microsoft/Novell agreements. Nat Friedman, chief technical and strategy officer for open source at Novell, fielded most of the questions, with assistance from Andreas Jaeger, openSUSE project manager, and others.

Protest the Microsoft-Novell Patent Agreement

Novell and Microsoft's software patent agreement betrays the rest of the Free Software community, including the very people who wrote Novell's own system, for Novell's sole financial benefit. Join Bruce Perens in signing an open letter to Novell's CEO Ron Hovsepian.

I forgot this one in Wednesday's queue, let your voice be heard! -Tyler DeGiacomo

Open Letter to the Community from Novell

Ron Hovsepian, CEO of Novell has posted an open letter to the community regarding the Microsoft/Novell deal and states "We disagree with the recent statements made by Microsoft on the topic of Linux and patents."

Novell to Samba: We're Not Terminating MS Agreement

According to statements from Novell, in Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier's article in, they are not repudiating their Microsoft deal. We also learn that Eben Moglen has finished the audit and is in discussions with Novell.

Novell starts pulling down Anti-Microsoft messages from their site

Do you remember the infamous "Get the facts" campaign. Microsoft put up adverts all over the place for people to "Get the facts". They still have their Get the facts website available and its active and being updated as we speak.