The three agreements posted are the patent co-operation agreement, technical collaboration agreement and business collaboration agreement. And, of course, selected portions are redacted.
About the only thing that can be inferred from the three documents is that the GPLv3 may get in the way of Microsoft distributing SUSE Linux - but then we knew that long ago.
Apart from the people at the two companies, one man had already seen the agreement after signing a non-disclosure agreement - Eben Moglen, the chief legal eagle of the Free Software Foundation. And Moglen was the one who came to the conclusion that the existing GPL - version 2 - could probably not stop the deal. He also concluded that language in the GPLv3 could be used to block the deal.
So what's new?
Novell had not filed any periodic reports with the US Securities and Exchange Commission for almost a year as the company was said to be reviewing the issue of stock options - a similar investigation to that which Apple undertook and came up with facts that caused some problems for Steve Jobs.
Last week, Red Hat's chief legal counsel, Mark Webbink, told me from Tokyo that Novell was expected to make the agreements public within the next 60 days. As indeed they have.
The company can withold information for various reasons - the usual weasel words like commercial secrets, trade sercrets and so can be used to justify anything and everything.
And there is nothing unusual about a company filing such agreements as part of its regular SEC filing when the agreement could have an impact on its financials.
Nothing to see here, people, please move on.