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]: Conference...
by kaiwai on Sat 4th Nov 2006 04:53 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Conference..."
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Meh, who cares; Microsoft is concerned about one thing; making heaps of cash; and if that means licencing their technology, why not? this isn't the first time Microsoft has licenced it's IP to a Linux vendor; TurboLinux licenced WMA CODEC for example.

5 year agreements are pretty standard; it allows both parties to either agree on the status quo, or negotiate a more comprehensive agreement.

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