I just stumbled on something interesting: http://www.xandros.com/products/ip_assurance_na.html.
You can buy (optional) the "intellectual property assurance" with the Xandros desktop for 50$.
That would indicate that the other parties that partnered with Microsoft (e.g. Novell) might be paying as much as 50$ for every license they sell.
I am unable to understand what you want to say?
Can someone explain this to me in laymen terms? I'm not quite sure that I understand why MS would pay so much to Novell. What exactly is meant by "intellectual property assurance", and what does this mean for the consumer?
It is supposed Novell is obliged to pay Microsoft a percentage of its revenue from Linux in order to prevent Microsoft from suing its customers based on patent infringements.