This story has received a ton of coverage this past week and I can't help putting my two cents in on the discussion. The rumor behind the deal according to Robert Scoble's blog is that Novell had the goods on Microsoft regarding patent infringement. The two companies who have already been locked in bitter court battles to the tune of $500 million decided to forge a partnership instead of duking it out on this one.
The bottom line is that Microsoft has agreed to work with Novell to make the Windows operating system compatible with Novell's Suse Linux. Right now the two operating systems can't communicate. the new deal will allow interoperability between them.
My opinion is that regardless of the motivation for this deal I am excited about how Linux is at the top of everyone's list right now. the recent Oracle annoouncement coupled with Microsoft opening up to Novell can only mean good things for everyone.
It tough being Microsoft, here is a comment from one of the blogs I was reading:
[â€¦] Microsoft went out and cut a deal with Novell so that they wouldnâ€™t have to go into a patent war with each other. Then, they all sang kumbaya and cooked eggs on an XBox. They felt such inner peace from the experience that they removed the transfer limitation from the Vista license. Afterward, Microsoft engineers showed Novell lawyers how â€ścool and awesome and totally radâ€ť (okay, so maybe those werenâ€™t the exact words) their newly launched Zune site was. [â€¦]
Posted November 5, 2006 12:02 PM
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