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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RE: Novel has sold out?
by deanlinkous on Thu 2nd Nov 2006 23:42 UTC in reply to "Novel has sold out?"
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Thats the way I take it!

I heard a lot less about inter-operate and a LOT MORE about patents, IP and protection so I stand by my statement. I think MS is peddling the same idea of "protection"that SCO tried peddling!

I think this is part MS trying to look good in the eyes of its corporate customers who want to use some linux and at the same time it sounds like a threat that any other linux usage risks IP issues.

I think it may be the opening shot of the IP/PATENT battle and Novell bought a repreive.

Edited 2006-11-02 23:44

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