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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- Novell will pay Microsoft royalties for all open source solutions sold

This was the scam that SCO was running right? To collect royalties from open source solutions. So Microsoft has picked up that scam and turned it into one of there own. And Novell has sold out the Linux community. And if you need to ask how they sold us out here is the answer.

All of the major Linux distributors want to sell to businesses and large organisations, this is where the real money is. They have large pay rolls to maintain as good software engineers don't come cheap.

So as of today, Novell is in a pact with Microsoft and they both will tell every business customer out there to only buy Novell... And not from any other Linux vendor.

This not only has the potential to hurt "Red Hat" but every other major Linux distributor, and Microsoft knows this.

So if the other Linux distributors loose business they will have to trim there work force or go out of business all together. And in the end Linux as a whole looses.

What Microsoft wants to do is narrow down its enemy, and if in the end there is only one Linux distributor for business then they can narrow there sights in on killing that one enemy. This way if Red Hat and the other distributor go away it will look as if it was Novell was the cause as business moved from a Red Hat or distro X solution to a Novell solution.

So I say we should encourage home users and business to say NO to No-vell and use a real open source operating system that doesn't pay royalties back to Microsoft.

Edited 2006-11-03 03:04

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