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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Target: RedHat
by cptnapalm on Thu 2nd Nov 2006 23:36 UTC
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Microsoft and Linux are in fierce competition in the server market.

RedHat has 90% of the Linux server market.

Novell is a distant #2.

Machiavelli says, partner with the smaller because they need you and make sure that they always need you.

So, if this rationale is correct, Microsoft partners with Novell, making certain that neither RedHat nor any other distro can benefit. Novell becomes more competetive with RedHat in the market. Unix Wars II begins. Microsoft approaches their now former partner's clients, "Look at all these in fighting Linux companies. Wouldn't you like to not worry about that?"

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