Last October Novell changed from a reluctant open source supporter into and open source abuser, according to some of the most vocal supporters of the open movement.
Of course the deal had to be greased up, so Microsoft paid $240m to purchase 70,000 SuSE Linux coupons. Microsoft also will pay $108m up front in a cross-licensing deal, which will be offset by a $40m payment (minimum) by Novell for the Linux patent license. Total profit to Novell: $308m.
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