Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on November 19, 2006 05:09 AM
This has nothing to do with viruses, it's about Novell submitting upstream patches that infringe on Microsoft IP.
Ballmer has just recently said that Linux infringes on MS IP, yet just as with the SCO case no solid examples are given. Novell have effectively given some credence to Microsoft's claims by selling their soul in exchange for immunity from future IP lawsuits.
Due to Microsoft's dodgy history with misappropriating other peoples code, they're unlikely to ever actually start throwing patent lawsuits around. However they can use this Novell deal to scare businesses into thinking that other server distributions are open to future lawsuits.
So you'll have to forgive us for being paranoid about Novell's future community contributions.