Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 8th Nov 2007 17:33 UTC, submitted by WillM
In the News One year after sealing their surprise alliance, Novell and Microsoft have announced an expansion of their technical collaboration to 'link together the existing Windows and Linux frameworks'. The firms will extend their existing collaboration to focus on virtualisation, standards-based management, directory and identity federation and document format compatibility. As part of this process, Microsoft said that both companies are 'now working closely' at the Microsoft and Novell Interoperability Lab in Massachusetts.
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The well documented strategy of Embrace,Extend and Extinguish is being used again by Microsoft against Linux. Only this time it is complemented by a Divide-and-conquer strategy cherrypicking those distributors that cave in to Microsoft IP (whatever it means) infringement claims and patent protection racket in order to advance its destruction strategy against GPLed software.
Time will put everyone in place, and I bet that Novell and the Gnu/Linux community will experience nasty consequences due to Microsoft pushing its involvement in FOSS in order to poison it by sneaking proprietary technologies into Free Software, and to divide the community between Free(dom - Pro-GPLv3, Software that guarantees everyone the 4basic freedoms, aside of the fact that you can make money out of it)-Software and Open-Source(I dont care about philosphy as long as it provides me profit) camps. By the way: Have you noticed that Microsofties never ever refer to "Free Software" but to Open Source? (as it has been the case as of late with many mainstream tech media and websites?)

Edited 2007-11-09 13:41

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