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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My concern
by jackson on Thu 2nd Nov 2006 23:07 UTC
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My concern stems from this in the FAQ:

"By mutually agreeing not to assert their patent rights against one another's customers, the two companies give customers greater peace of mind regarding the patents in the solutions they're deploying."

By agreeing to this deal, does Novell indirectly give credence to Microsoft's claims of patent infringement in the F/OSS world? Could this deal be used by Microsoft as ammunition against other F/OSS companies that don't sign similar agreements? That's what has me worried.

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