Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Fri 19th Sep 2008 21:53 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Microsoft and Novell have made good on their 2006 interoperability pact. Microsoft and Novell jointly announced that Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise has been optimized to run as an "enlightened" guest on Microsoft's Hyper-V hypervisor platform. Windows Server 2008 customers have been able to run as a virtualized guest on SUSE since last June, when SUSE became the first member of Microsoft's Server Virtualization Validation Program, which Novell has helped to fine-tune. Now SUSE is optimized to run on Microsoft's Hyper-V as well.
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RE[3]: smart move
by bert64 on Mon 22nd Sep 2008 17:05 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: smart move"
bert64
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2007-04-23

I, too, have a real concern when I read this argument over and over. It goes like this:

Something must be really, really wrong with you people in that reading these comments gives me the fishy feeling you are blind to the fact that MS is only one of a million possible patent litigants - and in that, the so called patent deal buys you exactly nada. Well great, MS doesn't sue the Novell end-user but a millions others may and probably will (SCO anyone?). You totally over-rate the whole thing in that light.


MS are one of the least likely companies to sue directly using their patents... They have far too much to lose, no doubt their products infringe upon patents held by the likes of IBM or Sun, and the resulting countersuit would be very painful.

You have more to fear from small companies with nothing to lose. Not that MS wouldn't pay such companies to try anyway.

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RE[4]: smart move
by lemur2 on Tue 23rd Sep 2008 01:25 in reply to "RE[3]: smart move"
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2007-02-17

"I, too, have a real concern when I read this argument over and over. It goes like this: Something must be really, really wrong with you people in that reading these comments gives me the fishy feeling you are blind to the fact that MS is only one of a million possible patent litigants - and in that, the so called patent deal buys you exactly nada. Well great, MS doesn't sue the Novell end-user but a millions others may and probably will (SCO anyone?). You totally over-rate the whole thing in that light.
MS are one of the least likely companies to sue directly using their patents... They have far too much to lose, no doubt their products infringe upon patents held by the likes of IBM or Sun, and the resulting countersuit would be very painful. "

Precisely so. It seems that you just can't get this point across to some people though.

You have more to fear from small companies with nothing to lose. Not that MS wouldn't pay such companies to try anyway.


In one way this is true, and in another way it also misses the point.

If a small company has a patent on some technology that Microsoft is using, then that small company is far more likely to go after Microsoft than FOSS (even if FOSS is also using that technology).

If a small company has a patent on some technology that Microsoft is not using but FOSS is ... then making trouble for FOSS in that arena is just not going to be of any particular advantage to Microsoft, is it? Why would Microsoft fund such? Why would FOSS not simply drop the functionality if it was causing some grief?

The only scenario for an attack on FOSS that makes sense from Microsoft's point of view is to attack FOSS in an area of intercompatibility that threatens Microsoft monopoly lock-in position. For Microsoft to attack that, Microsoft themselves would have to hold the patents, and hence Microsoft themselves would have to sue.

The countersuit from interests who would protect FOSS would be too dangerous to Microsoft. Mutually assured destruction.

Therefore Microsoft will not sue. Microsoft's only strategy here is to continue to threaten to sue.

"Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing". From Lear, I think.

Edited 2008-09-23 01:27 UTC

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