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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just business
by siki_miki on Fri 3rd Nov 2006 00:00 UTC
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This is about Novell trying to establishing itself above Redhat with help of Microsoft (i.e. by claiming cooperation and legal safety).

It also makes sense as many networks have both OS's so interoperability is needed (= MS releasing specs). Maybe now Windows volume manager will start recognising ext3 partitions:)

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