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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Odd statement
by twenex on Thu 2nd Nov 2006 22:41 UTC
twenex
Member since:
2006-04-21

This is a very, very odd statement. Linux is miles away from challenging Microsoft market share (though I don't share the view that it is miles away technologically).

I just don't get it - there HAS to be something behind this, whether it's Empire Evilness or something else.

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RE: Odd statement
by smitty_one_each on Thu 2nd Nov 2006 23:41 in reply to "Odd statement"
smitty_one_each Member since:
2005-07-07

From the Department of Pure Speculation, in cooperation with Rumor Control and the Rectal Pluck Squad, I'll venture that Redmond got told back at the big anti-trust hearing a few years back that they need to make nice with the market or face a federal meat cleaver, a la AT&T.
Subsequent to that you saw them go to ECMA with C#, and start up an Open Source Lab, and now this.
Of course, maybe excreting Vista has shown that their OS margins are too weak. Look for a set of MS Office C# Assemblies that run well on Mono.
Redmond is here for the cash, not the ideology.

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RE[2]: Odd statement
by Eugenia on Thu 2nd Nov 2006 23:44 in reply to "RE: Odd statement"
Eugenia Member since:
2005-06-28

>Redmond is here for the cash, not the ideology.

Of course they are. And so is Novell too. These are public companies, they are required to.

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RE[2]: Odd statement
by abraxas on Fri 3rd Nov 2006 06:16 in reply to "RE: Odd statement"
abraxas Member since:
2005-07-07

From the Department of Pure Speculation, in cooperation with Rumor Control and the Rectal Pluck Squad, I'll venture that Redmond got told back at the big anti-trust hearing a few years back that they need to make nice with the market or face a federal meat cleaver, a la AT&T.

Have you noticed how AT&T is buying back all the baby bells? They bought out SBC, which happens to be my telephone company. I doubt that this has anything to do with antitrust. After all they got off with a slap on the wrist in the US. Corporate justice is a joke in the US.

The real reason Microsoft is making this deal with Novell is because while Microsoft dominates the desktop, Linux does very well in the server market. Linux even exists in markets that Microsoft does not, like clusters and supercomputers. Believe it or not, Linux is big time and making allies with a big Linux company like Novell could help Microsoft a great deal. I have to admit though, it's a bit strange to see Novell and Microsoft cozy again.

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RE: Odd statement
by Darkelve on Fri 3rd Nov 2006 09:09 in reply to "Odd statement"
Darkelve Member since:
2006-02-06

Even if I don't understand all of it, it does send a shiver down my spine...

"Come into my parlor, said the spider to the fly..."

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