Here's the latest from Roy Schestowitz of BoycottNovell.com:
I've been following this story for a while now. I'm not the first to compare Novell to SCO. It seems fair to compare them without being hyperbolic.
In a nutshell, Novell is the new SCO and Miguel de Icaza is the new Darl McBride.
Microsoft has invested in the parent company which steers another venerable GNU/Linux distro. A new spokesman is willing to be very unpopular with other FOSS developers he will become wealthy as a result.
What makes this time different is that the focus has shifted from copyright law to patent law.
This premeditated attack by Microsoft and the betrayal of the free software community are the same.
Another venerable GNU/Linux distribution has become a torpedo launched against the whole community.
Microsoft's method of engaging the FOSS community can be described as the "embrace and taint strategy". Imagine a dirty fat man who wants to sit on your face. We must resist.