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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The press conference summarised
by JCooper on Fri 3rd Nov 2006 01:28 UTC
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2005-07-06

The key points from the talk:
- Microsoft will provide coupons for their customers to use SUSE Linux
- Microsoft will not use patents against non-paid open source developers or projects
- Novell and Microsoft will collaborate on document format and interop between MS Office and Open Office
- Contributors to OpenSUSE will be covered with the Novell/Microsoft patent covenant and will not be liable to software patents
- Microsoft and Novell are committed to getting Windows run on Linux-based virtualisation servers and vice versa
- Microsoft and Novell will improve the interop between Novell directory server and AD
- Novell and Microsoft developers will work side-by-side to improve interop between products
- Novell will pay Microsoft royalties for all open source solutions sold
- Microsoft will also pay Novell towards the patent covenant agreement
- Steve avoided a question about other distributors (RH) so it seems if you want patent-problem-free it looks like it's Novell or nothing
- Talks have been going on since April/May 2006, Novell made the first move towards MS. The whole agreement has been driven by customer requirements
- HP want to sell you mixed solutions ;)


That's about all the definite answers I could get. The rest is marketing and PR talk.

Edit: Oh, and it sounds like the guy from Seattle thinks this agreement means he can now "run linux on top of our Windows web servers" ......!

Edit #2: Further link to details at microsoft.com not in the news piece above: http://www.microsoft.com/interop/default.mspx

Edited 2006-11-03 01:39

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