Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 6th Nov 2006 18:26 UTC
Novell and Ximian "Someone just asked me whether, now that Novell's become buddies with Microsoft, I'll be turning away from Novell/SUSE as one of my favorite Linux distributions. My answer is no. I'm sticking with SUSE Linux on both my desktops and servers. Here's why."
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No surprise.
by Lunitik on Mon 6th Nov 2006 18:44 UTC
Lunitik
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2005-08-07

I'm not sure why this is a huge surprise.

SUSE has long been working for Microsoft interoperability, long before Novell came along. Ximian also always cared about this factor... and of course, Novell wants similar things.

Why is making it official a big surprise? I think the exact opposite of most it seems, I see a perfect fit. I see a fit that Microsoft can't screw up. The software in question isn't owned by Novell, and so long as Novell stays true to community commitments, this can't be bad.

Microsoft is a business, Novell is a business. They want to make money, and they want to protect their investments. Thats their choice, I think IBM will have something to say if Microsoft tries running amuk here...

I think that $50 million investment from IBM is the factor that will keep this deal honest.

Edited 2006-11-06 18:46

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