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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Playing with fire
by sorpigal on Fri 3rd Nov 2006 02:12 UTC
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I have read the FAQ and am cautiously optimistic. This seems like a good-faith effort on Novell's part and does not seem to be intended as a way to crush Linux as a platform.

That said, Novell is playing with fire here. Remember Netscape, remember Java. Remember every deal Microsoft has ever made. Rest assured, they only make deals where they win *BIG* and they often make deals which they will break to dramatic effect a little way down the road.

This is extremely dangerous... keep your enemies close, but don't forget to keep a careful eye on a viper like Microsft or one day you will wake up to realize that you have been slowly poisoned to death.

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