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: Odd statement
by smitty_one_each on Thu 2nd Nov 2006 23:41 UTC in reply to "Odd statement"
smitty_one_each
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2005-07-07

From the Department of Pure Speculation, in cooperation with Rumor Control and the Rectal Pluck Squad, I'll venture that Redmond got told back at the big anti-trust hearing a few years back that they need to make nice with the market or face a federal meat cleaver, a la AT&T.
Subsequent to that you saw them go to ECMA with C#, and start up an Open Source Lab, and now this.
Of course, maybe excreting Vista has shown that their OS margins are too weak. Look for a set of MS Office C# Assemblies that run well on Mono.
Redmond is here for the cash, not the ideology.

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