Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 8th Nov 2007 17:33 UTC, submitted by WillM
In the News One year after sealing their surprise alliance, Novell and Microsoft have announced an expansion of their technical collaboration to 'link together the existing Windows and Linux frameworks'. The firms will extend their existing collaboration to focus on virtualisation, standards-based management, directory and identity federation and document format compatibility. As part of this process, Microsoft said that both companies are 'now working closely' at the Microsoft and Novell Interoperability Lab in Massachusetts.
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RE[6]: Good for Novell!
by Teknoenie on Thu 8th Nov 2007 22:08 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Good for Novell!"
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"The trouble with this is if it turns out they are NOT unsubstantiated then linux in the business world would crumble overnight."

I believe this is incorrect. The BSDs went through something similar in the early 90s. The infriginging lines were removed and BSD carried on. I think the same would apply to GNU/Linux, however, companies such as Suse and RedHat may have to pay some some sort of damages. The code is out there, it's easy to remove and create new open implementations, but the user base would suffer throughout the transition.

Of course, all this is purely on the speculations of Microsoft stating GNU/Linux is infringing without ponying up the proof.

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