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  • Novell's Finally Sold: Going To Attachmate & Microsoft

    Phoronix: Novell's Finally Sold: Going To Attachmate & Microsoft

    While for a while it looked like Novell was going to be bought out by VMware, this is not actually the case. Being announced this morning is that Novell is being acquired by Attachmate Corp and Novell will also be offloading some of their intellectual property to a Microsoft technology consortium. Attachmate has dabbled with Linux a bit in the past and was even a sponsor previously of X.Org...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=ODgxMw

  • #2
    Ouch!

    I'm really interested in what IP Microsoft has purchased from Novell.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by pingufunkybeat View Post
      Ouch!

      I'm really interested in what IP Microsoft has purchased from Novell.
      If we are lucky, it will be Mono / Ximian / Icaza stuff...

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      • #4
        Oh god. I try my best to keep an open mind on Microsoft these days but this doesn't sound good at all.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by pingufunkybeat View Post
          Ouch!

          I'm really interested in what IP Microsoft has purchased from Novell.
          None. A consortium of which MS is part of bought parts of Novell's IP.
          The news article is simply wrong and the headline is even worse.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by KAMiKAZOW View Post
            None. A consortium of which MS is part of bought parts of Novell's IP.
            The news article is simply wrong and the headline is even worse.
            Indeed, I also should have ready the article more carefully. Still seems unfortunate though.

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            • #7
              I called this years ago on Slashdot when it was first announced that they were "investing" in Novell. If this has anything to do with Novell's UNIX copyrights/IP everyone should be very very concerned. I'm guessing it isn't because DOJ would probably object. You know damn well Microsoft will try to go after Linux with it if it was included.

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              • #8
                Can we get a source for this?

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                • #9
                  This COULD potentially be disastrous however it's unlikely. Microsoft is only allowed to invest in people attempting to illegalize Linux, because the moment they sue they'll be hit with so many anti-trust suits it will be funny. Governments can disband companies you know..

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                  • #10
                    Buy Icaza please. Now with 20% off!

                    GPL ftw!

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                    • #11
                      Wait!
                      Could that mean, that opensource ati driver, mesa and drm development is now dependent on new holder?
                      Isn't Novell sponsoring most of the dev team(instead of AMD)?

                      John, can you answer it please? Thank you.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by leif81 View Post
                        Can we get a source for this?
                        http://www.novell.com/news/press/nov...te-corporation

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                        • #13
                          I think that you're referring to the RadeonHD driver, which was developed by Novell using AMD documentation.

                          Current radeon developers are either paid by AMD directly, or by RedHat, or are volunteers.

                          I don't know about other drivers, but nouveau seems to be mostly funded by RedHat, and Intel by, well, Intel.

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                          • #14
                            Right. The initial radeonhd development was co-funded by Novell and AMD between mid-2007 and late 2008.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by bridgman View Post
                              Right. The initial radeonhd development was co-funded by Novell and AMD between mid-2007 and late 2008.
                              Thank you!

                              Originally posted by pingufunkybeat View Post
                              I think that you're referring to the RadeonHD driver, which was developed by Novell using AMD documentation.

                              Current radeon developers are either paid by AMD directly, or by RedHat, or are volunteers.

                              I don't know about other drivers, but nouveau seems to be mostly funded by RedHat, and Intel by, well, Intel.

                              Yes, ty. That means future development should be not affected. Its great that AMD does finance the opensource devel! Thanks!

                              Luckily I decided to use Linux Mint on my girls parents machine, not openSuse. On the other hand, its pretty sad if most of ideas done by german hackers will be transfered to microsoft. Like they don't have enough, they are just expanding the monopoly.

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