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[2]: The nature of the beast
by HappyGod on Fri 3rd Nov 2006 06:43 UTC 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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REM2000 Member since:
2006-07-25

Apples failure in the market is not to do with sharing IP with Microsoft, they fell because they made blunder after blunder (selling overpriced non working computers, clones etc..)

Microsoft did stop the downward spiral of the company, but that did get IE onto all Mac's for a long period.

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RE[3]: The nature of the beast
by Rayz on Fri 3rd Nov 2006 16:00 in reply to "RE[2]: The nature of the beast"
Rayz Member since:
2006-06-24

Yes, look what happened to Apple:

Yes, let's.

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

You've got the completely wrong. Apple fouled up because they tried to sell PCs at a price that few people were prepared to pay. They also failed to produce a modern replacement for OS9 after ten years and millions spent. In the end, they had to buy a unix clone from a struggling company, and release that as their new OS instead. What saved Apple was a vital lifeline of support from MS - the Office Suite, and a lot marketing savvy from Steve Jobs. The man realised something that the more vocal members of the Linux community are too narrow-minded and technologically bigotted to even conceive.

Microsoft does not have to lose, for us to win.

Could be that Novell has worked that out too.

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