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 Hands on Fri 3rd Nov 2006 17:08 UTC
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I remember when Sun ended a legal fight with MS, and entered into a partnership with them a while back. Everyone made a lot of wildly catastrophic predictions about the Sun-Microsoft partnership as well. Sun is still earnestly striving to compete with MS, and they have contributed a lot to open source.

I don't know where things will go from here with Novell, but I don't comprehend why people always have doom and gloom reactions. This may end up being bad overall. I don't know. Few people really know all of the specifics, and no one knows the future. What's done is done. Let's see where things go from here.

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