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Novell to SUSE users: Don’t worry about Microsoft’s stand on GPLv3

Novell will continue to ship the complete version of its Linux enterprise server even though Microsoft is attempting to distance itself legally from the new General Public License (GPL) v3 open source license.

Novell also assured customers that they would continue to be protected from Microsoft patent claims regarding any open source software, including components licensed under GPLv3, as spelled out in an agreement the two vendors signed in November. Microsoft made the same statement about continued patent protection in a press statement issued July 5.

Novell said Friday on its public relations blog that it would “continue to distribute SUSE Linux Enterprise Server with its full set of functionality and features, including those components that are licensed under GPLv3.

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