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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Makes me wonder
by DrillSgt on Thu 2nd Nov 2006 22:58 UTC
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This could be a good business move on both parties. The question that will now arise is, or at least in my mind, how this will effect Novell. Will the kernel developers start going after Novell for violation of the GPL with them including patented closed technologies? After all, they have stopped other distributions from doing the same.

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