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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by karl1 on Thu 2nd Nov 2006 22:45 UTC
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Judging by Microsoft's past performance, the newer pieces of this SLES distribution will not be under a GPL or BSD license. Most likely this will be deemed as "shared source" which has not been adopted by

This is being identified as a 5 year agreement. I have to wonder if that means that in 5 years Microsoft will kill off Novell and buy the important parts as they have done with so many other companies.

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