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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How is this bad for Linux really?
by alucinor on Fri 3rd Nov 2006 16:43 UTC
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I don't see how this really makes the situation bad for Linux. I just see companies really dominated by MS mindshare now going to Novell for Linux rather than Red Hat or Debian.

But for all those companies who would have gone with Red Hat or Debian anyways ... doesn't that show they could care less about Microsoft's patent protection from the start?

I'd say this deal is more about the realization that the software world is more about services than products, and that the platform is no longer UNIX/Linux vs. Windows but instead .NET/Mono (MS and Novell) vs. Java (IBM, Oracle, Google, Sun).

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