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: Playing with fire
by twenex on Fri 3rd Nov 2006 11:07 UTC in reply to "Playing with fire"
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This seems like a good-faith effort on Novell's part and does not seem to be intended as a way to crush Linux as a platform.

Anyone enters into a "good-faith" effort with Microsoft is a fool - they have NO concept of what that means. The Microsoft English Dictionary states:

Competition, n. Something which must be mercilessly crushed until it bleeds.

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