Red Hat CEO: Microsoft Patent Deal with SUSE Not an Issue
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Across the last five years, Microsoft has acquired over $300 million worth of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) subscriptions for resale and now has the option for an additional $100 million with SUSE. The Microsoft Novell deal shocked the Linux world at the time it was announced and potentially represented a risk to others in the Linux market.
As it turns out, five years later, it's a risk that hasn't affected SUSE Linux's rival, Red Hat all that much, if at all.
"Patents always come up in the same way that it always comes up for any piece of proprietary software," Jim Whitehurst, CEO of Red Hat told InternetNews.com. "I don't think it's any different for us than it is for any other software company."