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[3]: My concern
by jackson on Fri 3rd Nov 2006 17:02 UTC in reply to "RE: My concern"
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Bruce Perens explains my concern better than I ever could:

"So, the protection of non-commercial individual contributors means that you can make Open Source, but if anyone actually uses it for something other than a hobby or a non-profit organization, there is an implicit threat that Microsoft can bring a software patent lawsuit against them - unless they are a customer of Novell."


"Even if everyone were to be protected regarding software that Novell distributes, there's the tremendous collection of Free Software that they don't distribute. A logical next move for Microsoft could be to crack down on "unlicensed Linux", and "unlicensed Free Software", now that it can tell the courts that there is a Microsoft-licensed path. Or they can just passively let that threat stay there as a deterrent to anyone who would use Open Source without going through the Microsoft-approved Novell path."

I think Perens hits the nail on the head. See his article here:

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RE[4]: My concern
by somebody on Sat 4th Nov 2006 00:18 in reply to "RE[3]: My concern"
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(:Yep:), I did that, if you would follow the thread, my second post was sounding completely different. That one with a "dead horse"

But from all articles on this topic, the interview with RH is the best news I've heard. They won't bend over, they're not scared, Linux is here to stay as it is, Novell bringing their pants down while bending over or not.

Actually, after reading this RH side I become glad Novell sold out. After SCO getting their butt kicked in court, this RH article is just one great assurance more.

p.s. The last sentence says it all in that article. It shares my opinion. I can respect MS, they are well known for EEE tactics, for being greedy, but they don't pretend.

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