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 nature of the beast
by HappyGod on Fri 3rd Nov 2006 04:09 UTC
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You would have to be pretty brave or pretty desperate to enter into this kind of deal with MS.

Every big company that has agreed to share IP with Microsoft over the years has quickly turned into a small company.

Good luck Novell, you're going to need it ...

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