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Novell Sells Out?

Update: Groklaw reveals more: "MS FUDs like SCO, Red Hat Responds. and MS/Novell Transcript Available" - It's worth a read as the situation is getting ever more interesting with the latest words from Ballmer, calling for patent talks with competing GNU/Linux vendors
Groklaw has some strong words in regard to the recently forged partnership between Novell and Microsoft. There are a few intriguing points to consider. The first is the seeming legitimization of Microsoft's software patents rights over some of GNU/Linux code by Novell's royalty payments to Microsoft which implies that Microsoft has just set up the only legal and licensed route to distributing GNU/Linux through Novell (as Bruce Perens explains). The second is a potential violation of GPL that may have ensued by the initiation of the patent license between Novell and MS.

Blackboard today announced that the US Patent Office had awarded it a patent "for technology used for internet-based education support systems and methods." Things covered by this patent include client-server online courses in which users are defined as either students or instructors, the use of online drop boxes in an instructional setting, online grade books, online assessments, and many other common systems and methods that folks in higher education had utilized for years before the June 30, 2000 filing date of Blackboard’s patent request.



GIF Will Finally Be Free

As of October the first the GIF fileformat will be free of patent problems as the patent on the LZW compression which it uses comes to an end. Finally one of the most popular image file formast on the Internet is free for people to use as they wish.

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