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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well well well
by PipoDeClown on Fri 3rd Nov 2006 12:52 UTC
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2005-07-19

what has novell to offer?
- server platform (netware, sles)
- groupwise
- linux patents
(- evolution mail)

what has microsoft to offer?
- ???
- wont sue novell
- porting drm infested codecs to linux
- ???

microsoft tried to partner with sco and failed.
novell going down the hill and microsoft succeed with a partnership. nice strategy i must say.

ballmer is a marketing guy "faster, better" those are not terms describing your technical projects.

i hope these companies will both cut themselves in the end.

Edited 2006-11-03 12:56

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