Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 2nd Nov 2006 22:05 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Novell and Ximian At a press conference in San Francisco, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is expected to announce a new partnership between Microsoft and Novell. The unprecedented deal will have Microsoft offering a degree of sales support for Novell's SUSE Linux while both companies work towards better interoperability between their respective operating systems. As part of the agreement, Microsoft also promises not to wield its patent portfolio against SUSE Linux. More here. You can follow the live webcast announcement, by Steve Ballmer, here. Update: Novell has put up a detailed FAQ about this deal.
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Odd statement
by twenex on Thu 2nd Nov 2006 22:41 UTC
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This is a very, very odd statement. Linux is miles away from challenging Microsoft market share (though I don't share the view that it is miles away technologically).

I just don't get it - there HAS to be something behind this, whether it's Empire Evilness or something else.

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