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: Linux Armageddon has Arrived
by r_a_trip on Fri 3rd Nov 2006 16:56 UTC in reply to "Linux Armageddon has Arrived"
r_a_trip
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2005-07-06

There is a wildcard in all this. IBM. IBM holds a lot of the US Software Patents and they are not likely to be sitting around watching MS to screw them once again.

If MS tries to play a SCO, I think IBM will try to find out if they are big enough to survive a MAD war.

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