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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The nature of the beast
by HappyGod on Fri 3rd Nov 2006 04:09 UTC
HappyGod
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2005-10-19

You would have to be pretty brave or pretty desperate to enter into this kind of deal with MS.

Every big company that has agreed to share IP with Microsoft over the years has quickly turned into a small company.

Good luck Novell, you're going to need it ...

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RE: The nature of the beast
by Rayz on Fri 3rd Nov 2006 06:07 in reply to "The nature of the beast"
Rayz Member since:
2006-06-24

Every big company that has agreed to share IP with Microsoft over the years has quickly turned into a small company.

Yes!

I mean, look what's happened to Apple!

... oh hang on a sec ....

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RE[2]: The nature of the beast
by HappyGod on Fri 3rd Nov 2006 06:43 in reply to "RE: The nature of the beast"
HappyGod Member since:
2005-10-19

Yes, look what happened to Apple:

The only reason Apple are still here is because Microsoft rescued them from a bankrupcy that occurred because Apple shared its IP with MS.

And the only reason MS bailed them out was to at least keep a pretence going they are not a monopoly. Novel may not be so lucky.

Edited 2006-11-03 06:46

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RE: The nature of the beast
by de_wizze on Fri 3rd Nov 2006 07:15 in reply to "The nature of the beast"
de_wizze Member since:
2005-10-31

You mean like OS/2, J++, Wordperfect ?

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