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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Linux going mainstream (sort of)
by Marciano on Fri 3rd Nov 2006 04:50 UTC
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I, too, share the reservations expressed by most posters regarding Microsoft's intentions. We can't possibly know what was behind this---perhaps a threat from Novell related to some IP they hold?

But the point is that, in any case, this deal vaporizes the last few years of "Linux is not ready for X" FUD coming from Microsoft. That's got to be worth something!

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