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 santana on Thu 2nd Nov 2006 23:16 UTC
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OK, Ballmer is now very very very clear, this ONLY applies to Suse Linux, not any other Linux. So, if you buy (or download) any other Linux than Suse, you are in trouble with MS. How does that look for Mono ;) ?

MS just bought itself a nice little Linux distribution. I've always thought that the last line of fight for MS is patents and IP front. We seem to be a step closer to that.

Buy Suse, or you'll have possible trouble. And MS gets its share from every Suse sold. Nice one for MS. It will be really interesting to see if they will try to broaden that push, signing up similar agreements with other big Linux players.

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