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 deanlinkous on Fri 3rd Nov 2006 16:07 UTC in reply to "RE: is"
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Oh it smells all right. But I still think GPLv3 wouldof provided protection from this a lot better than v2.

As they said they thought about this a lot, a LOT! They know exactly what they are doing. They will create a mixed source distro. The IP is not disclosed so nobody can point it out. It isn't quite a "license" it is more of a agreement not to sue. Then they share the revenue from it.

This has been a long time in the works and it is well planned I would bet. SCO didn't work so here we go with planB.

Nicely skirting the GPLv2

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