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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by kensai on Thu 2nd Nov 2006 22:32 UTC
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I'm a linux guys, but please, read the article and try to understand it before calling Microsoft and Novel an evil empire that will try to destroy Linux. That is so every other article about MS and Linux. This will have it's benefits and thats for sure, so if they make a deal, so be it.

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by pecisk on Thu 2nd Nov 2006 23:15 in reply to "Please..."
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You calling for common sense in web site where flaming and trolling is a part of everyday's work? ;)

But if we talk seriously, I second you. It really hurts a little when already another flameboy who doesn't know a sh@#% about real IT calls Novell a evil, Mono a sellout, etc. Even when RMS do flames, it gives solid ground for his reasons.

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by slight on Fri 3rd Nov 2006 10:58 in reply to "RE: Please..."
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Usually that's true but when you're dealing with open source things are a bit different. Suse is a compilation of thousands of projects, it's not just Novell. Good will counts for a lot in this area.

Also, this is Microsoft we're talking about. Regardless of what you think of their software, their business practices are vicious. Look at pretty much any time they've partnered with a competitor..

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by rexbinary on Thu 2nd Nov 2006 23:48 in reply to "Please..."
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Edited 2006-11-02 23:54

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by Sphinx on Fri 3rd Nov 2006 15:28 in reply to "Please..."
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Read between the lines and figure it out before you go licking the hand that's about to slap the living shit out of your fave os.

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