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3. Novell SUSE Linux: Patent Deal Still on Despite the Germans

Earlier this month, I mentioned that the Open Source Initiative asked the German Bundeskartellamt to look into Novell's sale of a bucket-load of patents to CPTN, a company that's a front for Microsoft, Apple, EMC and Oracle. The sale is part of a deal that involves Attachmate buying Novell, maker of the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server operating system and other open source software.

Since then came news that CPTN had canceled its application to exist as a German business entity, prompting speculation that Microsoft et al. were retreating from the deal. Now it emerges that that is not the case, and the deal is very much still on. Responding from an inquiry by Microsoft blog Techflash, Microsoft explained, "This is a purely procedural step necessary to provide time to allow for review of the proposed transaction."

It looks like this "procedural step" was actually nothing more than a wheeze designed to stop those pesky Germans from holding up the deal.

4. Ubuntu Narwhal: Hedging Its Cloud Bets

Ubuntu has been keen on private cloud technology for some time, and now the Linux server operating system distro's founder, Mark Shuttleworth, has made it clear that the next version of the open source software -- Ubuntu 11.04 Narwhal -- will include two private cloud technologies.

"We will have both OpenStack and Eucalyptus based cloud options in Ubuntu 11.04 in April, and we will have to see how they shake out from a competitive perspective," he said in a video interview on Barton's Blog "The really important thing is that we are starting get some sort of sense of standardization of the infrastructure level of cloud computing, and both Eucalyptus and OpenStack are going to be central to that process."

And whichever one succeeds, Ubuntu will be on board with. Clever chap, that Shuttleworth.

5. Linux Anti-terror Operation? You Couldn't Make It Up ...

The Register reports that a joint operation by the Spanish Guardia Civil and French anti-terrorism forces was given the name Operation Linux, much to the ire of "penguin-loving outfits." It was given the name, apparently, because Spanish security forces use the open source server software, but a Spanish government ministry has since apologized for using the "trade name of some companies and other organizations and the damage it may cause," according to a statement The Register put though Google Translate.

You could see how the next anti-Al-Queda initiative could be called Operation Lion, but if that gets stretched to Operation OS X Lion then Apple might just have something to say about the matter ...

Paul Rubens is a journalist based in Marlow on Thames, England. He has been programming, tinkering and generally sitting in front of computer screens since his first encounter with a DEC PDP-11 in 1979.

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This article was originally published on Jan 19, 2011
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