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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cough
by deanlinkous on Thu 2nd Nov 2006 23:11 UTC
deanlinkous
Member since:
2006-06-19

cough..(sellout)...cough, cough

Keeps talking about IP and patents and so forth. IP license compliance keeps coming up.

"version of linux that respects our IP" interesting statement by Ballmer

Sounds like to me that MS is about to try and inflict some IP/Patent pain and suffering and Novell bought a reprieve from that.

Novell wants to be popular again, at any cost? Guess they remeber what happened last time when they didn't play ball with MS.

our newest ally - microsoft....NO!
our newest enemy - Novell....YES!

Novell provides the wormhole for MS to wiggle in, hook onto and destroy linux.

Edited 2006-11-02 23:16

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RE: cough
by deanlinkous on Fri 3rd Nov 2006 00:16 in reply to "cough"
deanlinkous Member since:
2006-06-19

(mod down my parent post all you want - it is accurate IMO)

They even named EXACTLY where the threats are directed...

http://www.novell.com/linux/microsoft/openletter.html

* Under the patent agreement, customers will receive coverage for Mono, Samba, and OpenOffice as well as .NET and Windows Server.
* All of these technologies will be improved upon during the 5 years of the agreement and there are some limits on the coverage that would be provided for future technologies added to these offerings.

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