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Novell and Ximian Two years ago, Microsoft and Novell inked a landmark deal on patents and Linux-to-Windows interoperability. According to Microsoft and Novell, it's a deal that has shown dramatic momentum in its second year, with a triple digit percentage increase in customers for a total tally of more than 200 customers. "I was surprised at the number of over 200 customers, so I actually went back and double checked it just to make sure," Susan Heystee, General Manager for Global Strategic Alliances at Novell told "That represents over 250 percent growth in terms of the number of customers that are part of the partnership which is really great. A real positive surprise has been the great customer momentum."
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RE[5]: Good for them.
by lemur2 on Fri 21st Nov 2008 01:19 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Good for them."
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Absolutely correct, Novell does a lot for the FOSS community and I think its sad that so many people have taken such extreme shots at them. This is not to say I agree with the Patent deal, But still Suse is a good distro, and I for one will not toss Novell and their contributions away because of it.

I'd kind of agree with this, if it weren't for the fact that Novell keep trying to push Microsoft technologies into Linux.

Mono and Silverlight, come on down.

Given the examples of Mono and Silverlight, one has to wonder about Novell's contributions to OO as well.

On their own there is nothing wrong with Novell's contributions, but taken in conjunction with Microsoft's patent rumblings, Ballmer talking about Linux users having "undisclosed liabilities" to microsoft, one has to be at least fretful about Microsoft-originated technologies worming their way into the Linux ecosystem.

Where is there any of the reverse happening, BTW? I thought the Microsoft/Novell deal was supposed to be all about interoperability? So where is Microsoft Office for Linux? Where is SVG rendering capaibility, Vorbis, Theora and Dirca codecs for WMP, and other W3C compliances, built in to MS Office, IE and the core Windows OS?

I very much distrust the Novell tendency to trying to build support for Microsoft proprietary formats into Linux. It would be far, far more desirable for Novell to work at helping Microsoft build support for open formats into Office/Windows/IE/WMP.

Edited 2008-11-21 01:32 UTC

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