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 Thom_Holwerda on Thu 2nd Nov 2006 23:19 UTC in reply to ".."
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This deal means more to Novell than it means to Microsoft. Microsoft will just continue their everyday business, but for Novell, this deal means the first 'official' blessing from Microsoft for a Linux distribution. How do you think that argument will fall with people weary of adopting Linux?

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