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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RE[3]: Conference...
by Geoff Gigg on Thu 2nd Nov 2006 23:11 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Conference..."
Geoff Gigg
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2006-01-21

I agree. From the FAQ:

"both Novell and Microsoft felt it was appropriate to make this pledge for Microsoft not to assert its patents against the non-commercial community."

And later ...

"Yes, under the patent agreement, customers will receive coverage for Mono, Samba, and OpenOffice as well as .NET and Windows Server. All of these technologies will be improved upon during the five years of the agreement"

So the "improvements" might not be available to other distributions, if they are "improved" with patented software. Would their changes make it back to the source projects, and if so would they be accepted? And if accepted, would takers be vulnerable, if commercial like Xandros, Mandriva, etc?

Lots of questions ...

Geoff

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