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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From Novell's FAQ
by Ringheims Auto on Thu 2nd Nov 2006 23:41 UTC
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Under this agreement, customers of SUSE Linux Enterprise know they have patent protection from Microsoft in connection with their use of SUSE Linux Enterprise, further encouraging the adoption of Linux in the marketplace.

This, or anything else in the FAQ, does not say that this "patent protection" applies to anything else than SUSE. Hell...are they beginning to sell "protection" too now...? Dunno if I want that in my neighbourhood.

We'll see how this turns out, but certainly it could be bad.

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