Canonical Chief Executive Mark Shuttleworth is trying to expand the community of Ubuntu Linux users and developers. That's nothing unusual, but the source of his potential new allies is: users of Novell's OpenSuse version of Linux.
The trigger for Shuttleworth's trawling expedition, as illuminated in a mailing list posting last week, is the November patent partnership Novell began with open-source archenemy Microsoft. Under that agreement, Microsoft pledged not to sue Novell Linux customers for patent infringement, but some critics viewed Novell's actions as legitimizing patent threats against other open-source companies, users and projects. The pact has … Read more