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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I as a SUSE user find this interesting...
by jakesdad on Fri 3rd Nov 2006 00:16 UTC
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this could lead to good things. Like a previous poster stated about identity management being Novell's strong suit this could work out well...

I see this as a play by Novell to integrate Novell into Active directory (through e-directory). This opens up Sharepoint and many other things, like Mono for instance. Not going to exert patents means mono should be in the clear ;)
e-Directory works great and is more scalable, they were the directory gurus with NDS for a while..

It looks good to me. Let's see how it plays out.

I just read the novell Q&A.. And it look sliek it should be good for Samba (AD), Web services (sharepoint and exchange) and Mono... I hope this holds.. cause this is looking good in my opinion.

But ive been known to be wrong ;)

Edited 2006-11-03 00:21

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