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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Iron fist in velvet glove
by moleskine on Fri 3rd Nov 2006 00:18 UTC
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Just my 2 cents, but it is too early to know what this announcement really means. In time, facts will emerge. At the moment all we have is cloud of hype.

All one can say now is that Microsoft coming to an arrangement at all is a sure sign that "Linux is too big to ignore", as one commentator put it.

My own conjecture is that Microsoft has known full well for a long time that Linux is too big to ignore, but wants to do its utmost to influence the development of enterprise Linux on terms advantageous to Microsoft. There will be carrots and there will be sticks. At present it seems that unless your name is SuSE it may well be mostly sticks.

It will be interesting to see whether, far from being seen as competitors, Red Hat are also summoned to Redmond in due course to bend the knee and kiss the ring.

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