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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RE[2]: Please...
by slight on Fri 3rd Nov 2006 10:58 UTC in reply to "RE: Please..."
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Usually that's true but when you're dealing with open source things are a bit different. Suse is a compilation of thousands of projects, it's not just Novell. Good will counts for a lot in this area.

Also, this is Microsoft we're talking about. Regardless of what you think of their software, their business practices are vicious. Look at pretty much any time they've partnered with a competitor..

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