Ron Hovsepian, Novell’s CEO, has written an open letter to the open source community about Novell’s position on patents following the Novell-Microsoft agreement. It’s a direct statement about how we did not – and do not – admit that there are Microsoft patents in Linux. Microsoft has issued its own statement on the issue here, which acknowledges Novell made no such admission. We hope this will help alleviate concerns in the community over this issue.
Also related to the recent agreement, IDC has put out an assessment of the deal which positions it as very significant in the IT landscape. It highlights the potential benefits of the deal for customer, and says “this is a deeply influential relationship that has the potential to massively change the IT landscape in ways that will emerge for years to come.” The IDC piece is worth reading because it provides an independent, third-party assessment of the multiple aspects of the deal.