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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MUTUAL paten licensing
by Lobotomik on Thu 2nd Nov 2006 23:09 UTC
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Novell's FAQ says that the balance of patent money between them and Microsoft will be in NOVELL'S FAVOR.

My take is:

a) Novell are the kings of identity management.

b) Microsoft's server and enterprise business rests on identity management.

c) Microsoft's server and enterprise business tramples on who-knows-how-many Novell patents.

d) Novell's Linux business is not THAT dangerous to Microsoft.

Now, connect the dots.

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