Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 2nd Feb 2007 11:30 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Novell and Ximian When Novell and Microsoft announced their unlikely partnership, a part of the arrangement that got little attention at the time was that they'd create a joint research facility, where both company's technical experts would collaborate on new joint software solutions. Now, they're staffing up.
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by Phuqker on Fri 2nd Feb 2007 13:02 UTC
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The reason Microsoft decided to get involved with Novell is that MS has finally realized that Linux isn't going away. But they also realize that there is a market of companies that aren't anti-Microsoft and aren't religious about Linux. They just see Linux as a cost-effective solution in certain scenarios, such as file servers, and wouldn't be averse to purchasing Linux solutions from a Microsoft partner (or even Microsoft itself).

I definitely fall into this category personally.

For the record, I'm typing this on a 15" MacBook Pro. I have machines that run Linux (Ubuntu Server), Mac OS X Server (on a little Mac mini), and Windows Server 2003 Web Edition. There are things I love and hate about all three. For me it's about the tech, and I know there are many out there like me.

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