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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Mono and patents
by JCooper on Thu 2nd Nov 2006 23:21 UTC
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Remember people, when discussing Mono and patents, the patents cover the closed parts of the .Net world; ADO.Net, ASP.Net, SWF etc *not* the CLR and it's core libraries. Mono has shipped split core and full versions of their runtime for a long time now; this announcement clearly means more developers are using the mono stack to develop/run complicated systems. This can only be a good thing and with Novell now covered for the (seemingly) entire product, I can see sales of SLED and related products growing.

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