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Novell To Indemnify Linux Users Against SCO

Novell plans to indemnify Linux customers and their solution providers against legal charges that could result from looming SCO Group litigation.

The news comes as the networking power completes its acquisition of SUSE Linux. The indemnification will cover SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 with qualifying technical support.

The SUSE buyout, announced last fall and just now completed, gives Novell what it calls a "full stack Linux solution" as well as global support offerings.

The indemnification plan addresses copyright infringement claims "made by third parties against registered Novell customers who obtain SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 8 and who after January 12, 2004, obtain upgrade protection and a qualifying technical support contract from Novell or a participating Novell or SUSE LINUX channel partner," the company said.

Mark Hardardt, vice president of global sales for Novell, said the indemnification is an "extremely positive" step for solution providers. "There have been customers waiting to hear what companies like Novell are going to do from an indemnification standpoint," he said.

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