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 thing that I don't like
by santana on Fri 3rd Nov 2006 12:37 UTC
santana
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2006-10-22

is Proxy. Ballmer mentioned it few times. Suse becomes a "proxy" between people who write OS software (ussually for free), people who use it, and Microsoft. Which is insane, MS will get paid for hard work of those people, just because it has the power and money to patent some technologies (and what is even worse, some stupidities, they are patenting everything).

The whole idea of software patents is idiotic. Patents should protect small players from big companies, not enable solid revenue for companies that are able to push several thousands patents per year. If this holds on, in 10 years, MS (and some other big players) will not have to do anything, just keep an army of lawyers and live from patents.

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