Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 2nd Feb 2007 11:30 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Novell and Ximian When Novell and Microsoft announced their unlikely partnership, a part of the arrangement that got little attention at the time was that they'd create a joint research facility, where both company's technical experts would collaborate on new joint software solutions. Now, they're staffing up.
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Yep
by Phuqker on Fri 2nd Feb 2007 13:02 UTC
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Member since:
2005-07-17

The reason Microsoft decided to get involved with Novell is that MS has finally realized that Linux isn't going away. But they also realize that there is a market of companies that aren't anti-Microsoft and aren't religious about Linux. They just see Linux as a cost-effective solution in certain scenarios, such as file servers, and wouldn't be averse to purchasing Linux solutions from a Microsoft partner (or even Microsoft itself).

I definitely fall into this category personally.

For the record, I'm typing this on a 15" MacBook Pro. I have machines that run Linux (Ubuntu Server), Mac OS X Server (on a little Mac mini), and Windows Server 2003 Web Edition. There are things I love and hate about all three. For me it's about the tech, and I know there are many out there like me.

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RE: Yep
by sbergman27 on Fri 2nd Feb 2007 14:21 in reply to "Yep"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

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But they also realize that there is a market of companies that aren't anti-Microsoft and aren't religious about Linux.
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Hallelujah!!! ;-)

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RE[2]: Yep
by robilad on Fri 2nd Feb 2007 14:24 in reply to "RE: Yep"
robilad Member since:
2006-01-02

I guess he means SCO.

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RE: Yep
by Doc Pain on Fri 2nd Feb 2007 15:00 in reply to "Yep"
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2006-10-08

"The reason Microsoft decided to get involved with Novell is that MS has finally realized that Linux isn't going away. But they also realize that there is a market of companies that aren't anti-Microsoft and aren't religious about Linux. They just see Linux as a cost-effective solution in certain scenarios, such as file servers, and wouldn't be averse to purchasing Linux solutions from a Microsoft partner (or even Microsoft itself). "

In my opinion, the main motivation of MICROS~1 is: "If people want to pay for Linux, they better pay us." They just want to eat up Linux's small market share.

We have a similar situation here in Germany with the natural gasoline providers. The "big companies" are making the big money, they dictate the price. They own subsidiary companies who sell their natural gasoline for a slightly lower price (e. g. 4% less) to a lower customer scale. You may think the customers are the winners, but in fact, they're not; the provider is.

So MICROS~1 cooperates with Novell today and owns Novell tomorrow. Imagine, in five years we are allowed to buy MICROS~1 LinuVista XP+ from the store! :-)

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