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.
Permalink for comment 178219
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
how odd ...
by gnemmi on Fri 3rd Nov 2006 04:27 UTC
Member since:

Actually .. all I can see is another SCO looming on the way ..

Novell will have acces to * .. and * might make it upstream into kernel/apps .. and since Novell has an agreement with Microsoft, it can play it safe ( at least until Microsoft decides that Novell got off the limits of said agreement ).. but the rest of the distros/corporations do not .. and well .. there you go ..

We´ve all seen this movie ...

Novell getting into linux was a bad thing from moment one .. every SuSE devel that survived the acquisition, left SuSE/Novell after a while .. that said a lot ..

Reply Score: 3