Following a recent deal between Microsoft and Novell that included a patent indemnification agreement, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has made headlines by claiming that Linux infringes on Microsoft's patents. Novell has rejected this claim, and asserts in an open letter to the open source community that the agreement "is in no way an acknowledgment that Linux infringes upon any Microsoft intellectual property," and that when the company "entered the patent cooperation agreement with Microsoft, Novell did not agree or admit that Linux or any other Novell offering violates Microsoft patents." Microsoft issued a statement of its own stating that the two companies have "agreed to disagree on whether certain open source offerings infringe Microsoft's patents and whether certain Microsoft offerings infringe Novell patents."
AVG anti-virus stays free (true)
By John Leyden
Tuesday 21st November 2006
Users of a free version of GRISoft's AVG anti-virus software have begun receiving pop-up messages this week warning that their package would no longer be supported from 15 January.
This prompted misplaced concerns among a number of Reg readers that GRISoft was ditching the free version of its security software. Actually, the firm is simply encouraging users to upgrade from AVG Free version 7.1 to AVG Free version 7.5, which boasts improved performance and compatibility with Windows Vista.
A spokesman for GRISoft confirmed that the firm had no plans to ditch its line of free software, while stressing users would enjoy improved support with the paid-for version of the software.