Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Feb 2009 19:28 UTC, submitted by Rahul
Red Hat For years, Microsoft has insisted that open-source vendors acknowledge that its patent portfolio is a precursor to interoperability discussions. Monday, Microsoft shed that charade and announced an interoperability alliance with Red Hat for virtualization. Red Hat has long argued that patent discussions only cloud true interoperability, which is best managed through open source and open standards. Now it has got what it wanted; unlike the Novell-Microsoft agreements, there is no exclusionary patent deals or cross payments.
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interoperability == good
by foldingstock on Mon 16th Feb 2009 20:56 UTC
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2008-10-30

This is good for everyone. The easier it is for systems to work together, the easier my job as a sysadmin will be. I'm glad to see Red Hat was able to accomplish this while not compromising their stance on open standards.

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RE: interoperability == good
by sbergman27 on Mon 16th Feb 2009 21:03 in reply to "interoperability == good"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

This is good for everyone.

I guess so. The way the press release reads, though, is so mealy-mouthed. Reading it, I can't help but wonder if Red Hat has shifted to the Dark Side. I don't really think they have. But I think the press release sounds creepy.

Edited 2009-02-16 21:06 UTC

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RE[2]: interoperability == good
by Rahul on Mon 16th Feb 2009 21:09 in reply to "RE: interoperability == good"
Rahul Member since:
2005-07-06

Do you have specific concerns?

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RE[2]: interoperability == good
by niemau on Tue 17th Feb 2009 06:40 in reply to "RE: interoperability == good"
niemau Member since:
2007-06-28

The way the press release reads, though, is so mealy-mouthed. Reading it, I can't help but wonder if Red Hat has shifted to the Dark Side. I don't really think they have. But I think the press release sounds creepy.


agreed. it's one of those 'seems safe... so why do i feel like i need to take a shower' sorta things.

i'm all for interoperability... and i'm all for doing it without all of the patent-y muck. can i be cautiously optimistic and still feel a little icky?

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RE[2]: interoperability == good
by rockwell on Tue 17th Feb 2009 22:18 in reply to "RE: interoperability == good"
rockwell Member since:
2005-09-13

Calm the hell down. It's just saying RedHat will certify Windows in thier virtualization methods, and MS will do vice versa. Big deal.

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RE[2]: interoperability == good
by ashcrow on Sat 21st Feb 2009 16:18 in reply to "RE: interoperability == good"
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2008-02-02

Press releases almost always read like that no matter where they come from. I'm no marketing guy but I swear companies have 'press release writers' and their art is to talk, and talk, and talk (and throw buzzwords in as they can).

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