A visual timeline of the Microsoft-Novell controversy

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Following the recent deal between Microsoft and Novell, prominent industry figures and numerous members of the open source community have expressed criticism and concerns. As the controversy has unfolded, the debate has become increasingly antagonistic and confrontational. From dubious intellectual property claims to accusations of appeasement, corporate executives have succeeded in obscuring the facts and reducing the entire debate into a cheap PR conflict.

Are you having trouble following the controversy? Don't worry, you are not alone. The issue itself is complex, but behind the curtain of obfuscation generated by accusatory press releases, irate corporate blog entries, and bizarre petitions, one will find a rather simplistic flame war. For your edification and amusement, we have translated the entire debate into the colorful patois of the average Internet message board and produced an informative visual guide that will illuminate the facts and show you what our favorite confrontational corporate executives are really saying.

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