Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 6th Nov 2006 18:26 UTC
Novell and Ximian "Someone just asked me whether, now that Novell's become buddies with Microsoft, I'll be turning away from Novell/SUSE as one of my favorite Linux distributions. My answer is no. I'm sticking with SUSE Linux on both my desktops and servers. Here's why."
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No surprise.
by Lunitik on Mon 6th Nov 2006 18:44 UTC
Lunitik
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2005-08-07

I'm not sure why this is a huge surprise.

SUSE has long been working for Microsoft interoperability, long before Novell came along. Ximian also always cared about this factor... and of course, Novell wants similar things.

Why is making it official a big surprise? I think the exact opposite of most it seems, I see a perfect fit. I see a fit that Microsoft can't screw up. The software in question isn't owned by Novell, and so long as Novell stays true to community commitments, this can't be bad.

Microsoft is a business, Novell is a business. They want to make money, and they want to protect their investments. Thats their choice, I think IBM will have something to say if Microsoft tries running amuk here...

I think that $50 million investment from IBM is the factor that will keep this deal honest.

Edited 2006-11-06 18:46

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RE: No surprise.
by lostnerd on Mon 6th Nov 2006 19:02 in reply to "No surprise."
lostnerd Member since:
2005-07-27

I think that $50 million investment from IBM is the factor that will keep this deal positive.

I think IBM is a major reason that keeps MS in line. Can't say if MS initiated the SCO fiasco, probably not, but its pretty clear they took advantage of it with minimal pay out and very little dirt on their hands. Even MS knows what caliber they are dealing with when they take on IBM. Of course IBM patent portfolio is pretty impressive regardless. I would venture to guess they got something on just about everyone. MS included.

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