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  Date: Dec 27    Category: Unix / Linux / Ubuntu    Views: 437

It's not exactly official just yet, but the latest word from "people
familiar with the companies" being printed up by The Wall Street
Journal is sensational enough to run even if we overheard a couple of
bums whispering about it on the street. Apparently Microsoft has
reached an agreement with Novell, wherein Microsoft will provide sales
support to Novell's SUSE Linux operating system. We kid you not. The
two lovebirds have also agreed to develop technologies to make dual-
boot systems easier to operate, and Microsoft has promised not to
assert patent rights over software technology that might show up in
SUSE. Quite an interesting development, given Microsoft's heretofore
complete disgust for anything Linux related, and made even more
miraculous in light of the specifically bad blood between these two
companies -- remember that $536 million antitrust settlement a couple
years back? Either Microsoft is starting to feel the Linux heat, or
they decided "stop asserting their patent rights" to get themselves out
of any more antitrust trouble. Or maybe, just maybe, Microsoft and
Novell just want to get along for the kids. Steve Ballmer is expected
to make the official announcement of this hell-freezing agreement in
San Francisco this afternoon.



7 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered On: Dec 27    

I honestly believe that sometime in the not so distant future, SuSE is
likely to become Microsoft's operating system and MS will be in the
business of selling applications for it's MS/Linux OS and building gadgets.

Answer #2    Answered On: Dec 27    

Not really surprising. I would not be surprised to see M$ buy Novell and get
part of the Linux server market for a reasonable price and it would put an
immediate nail in Redhat's coffin to boot. They won't care much about Linux on
the desktop, but may want a Linux presence in emerging markets in Asia.

Answer #3    Answered On: Dec 27    

Don't forget the SCO debacle ... if MS *do* buy out Novell, then it
gets control over all of that Unix IP that they're sitting on ...
immediate (and provable) leverage over Linux, Solaris, AIX, HP-UX,
*BSD, Mac OSX, and anything else based on a *nix kernel ... A very
scarey thought ...

Answer #4    Answered On: Dec 27    

I just did a search on the web and found something similar but it
was from Nov 2006. Where can I find the story you've mentioned?

Answer #5    Answered On: Dec 27    

I think you're right about the server market. SuSE seems to charge for
their Enterprise system but allow opensuse to remain free. Ubuntu
could well develop further as their Server distro is rated highly i
understand. I'm shortly to give it a try!

Answer #6    Answered On: Dec 27    

I got it from an RSS news flash. I think it was NYT but cannot swear to
that. It was certain of recent days and not one i just dug up.

But it mentions the Wall Street Journal and you must be closer to that
source than me

Answer #7    Answered On: Dec 27    

It's from a 2006 blog entry by Paul Miller at engadget:


Pressing "Read" links to a 2006 Wall Street Journal article entitled:

"Microsoft, Novell Reach Accord on Linux"
November 3, 2006


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