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Old 12-11-2006, 06:03 PM   #1
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Hovsepian was Novell's head honcho for only a few months when he inked a $442 million deal in November with Microsoft that covers Windows and Linux product integration, patent protection, and marketing. A short time after, all hell broke loose. First, the open source community accused Novell of selling its soul to the devil. Then Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer fanned the flames by saying that Linux uses Microsoft intellectual property and that Novell's Suse is the only Linux distribution with patent protection from Microsoft. It was widely interpreted as a shot across the bow of non-Novell Linux users everywhere.

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