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: At the press conference...
by siki_miki on Fri 3rd Nov 2006 00:11 UTC in reply to "At the press conference..."
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Technically such terms could apply to any linux distro using same piece of software SUSE does, it is a gray area.

Although Microsoft can pay good lawyers to invalidate such claims (but so can FSF to protect them).
Also malevolent behavior could raise some eyebrows in US/EU again ;)

I think that this agreement implies that MS isn't going to sue Linux vendors anytime soon as it would hurt such efforts. And they probably got discouraged by the fate of SCO attempts.

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