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[2]: My concern
by DigitalAxis on Fri 3rd Nov 2006 00:48 UTC in reply to "RE: My concern"
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You mean like, five years later, Microsoft technology has seeped into the entire Linux infrastructure and at the stroke of midnight Microsoft fells the entire Open Source community with a single mighty patent swing, taking control of and destroying their rival?

I'm not sure I'm even paranoid enough to believe that.

Nevertheless, it's going to take a bit more to convince me that Microsoft is actually playing nice when for the last few years (and at the top of this page even now) it seems to have been their vested interest that Linux should fail.

Is this subversion from within? Is this "if you can't beat them, join them?" Is this just a patent move to protect themselves? Or is Microsoft just in the business of selling software such that we'll see Microsoft make a DE and/or office suite for Linux someday?

Yeah, I'm one of those people who's extremely suspicious of Microsoft.

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