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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by hal2k1 on Fri 3rd Nov 2006 09:40 UTC in reply to "GPL"
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//I mean Novell cannot possibly make use of MS patented intelectual property without committing it upstream as stated under the GPL. //

Novell's SuSe Linux Enterprise 10 (commonly referred to as SLED) already contains some proprietary applications.

This is what Microsoft refer to as "mixed source". Novell are perfectly at liberty to "make use of MS patented intelectual property" within those proprietary parts of SLED.

The non-proprietary parts of SuSe Linux are distributed as OpenSuSe.

This is GPL code. Novell aren't at liberty to include MS patented code in that, because it isn't Novell's code to begin with. This part of SuSe must necessarily remain under the GPL.

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