[Cialug] MSFT to partner with Novell
lister at kulish.com
Thu Nov 2 17:51:32 CST 2006
I would have to concur with Carl's outlook on this. Disregard the
trolls and zealots.
I'm a big believer in the correct tool for the job. And lately, more
often than not, that tool has been Winders.
Carl Olsen wrote:
> I have two machines running Suse Linux and five running Microsoft Windows.
> I started using Suse Linux before Novell bought it and I started using it
> because it supports ASP.NET. I don't know about anyone else, but this is
> good news to me. It means all the programming I've been learning will
> continue to be supported and improved.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: cialug-bounces at cialug.org [mailto:cialug-bounces at cialug.org] On Behalf
> Of Barry Von Ahsen
> Sent: Thursday, November 02, 2006 4:39 PM
> To: Central Iowa Linux Group
> Subject: [Cialug] MSFT to partner with Novell
> the end is nigh! repent!
> >From Reuters:
> "SEATTLE, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. MSFT Chief
> Executive Steve Ballmer will make a major technology industry
> announcement later on Thursday, the company said.
> A news conference will take place at 2 p.m. PST/2200 GMT in
> San Francisco. Microsoft did not disclose more details about
> the content of the announcement."
> 14:04 11/02 *WSJ: Microsoft Entering Partnership With Novell - Sources >
> 14:07 11/02 *WSJ: Microsoft To Offer Sales Support For Novell System < >
> By Robert A. Guth
> Of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
> Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is entering an unusual partnership with Novell Inc.
> (NOVL) that gives a boost to the Linux operating system, a rival to the
> software giant's Windows software, people familiar with the companies told
> Wall Street Journal Thursday.
> Under the pact, which isn't final, Microsoft will offer sales support of
> Linux, a version of the operating system sold by Novell. The two companies
> also agreed to develop technologies to make it easier for users to run both
> Suse Linux and Microsoft's Windows on their computers. The two companies are
> expected to announce details of their plan Thursday at a press conference in
> San Francisco.
> In addition, Microsoft won't assert rights over patents over software
> technology that may be incorporated into Suse Linux, the people said.
> Businesses that use Linux have long worried that Microsoft would one day
> patent infringement suits against sellers of the rival software.
> (This story and related background material will be available on The Wall
> Street Journal Web site, WSJ.com.)
> The pact marks an unusual level of cooperation between two longtime
> Microsoft has been battling all versions of Linux, but has faced pressure to
> assure that customers can run both Windows and Linux without problems.
> By forging a peace pact with one seller of Linux, Microsoft could raise
> pressure on Red Hat Inc. (RHAT), the leading provider of Linux, and a Novell
> rival. Last week, Oracle Corp. (ORCL) announced that it would start selling
> own support for Red Hat's version of Linux, a plan that undercuts Red Hat's
> business, which is based on providing support and maintenance. Red Hat's
> fell sharply after that announcement.
> Novell, originally known for a network operating system called NetWare,
> also scrapped with Microsoft over sales of desktop application programs
> Novell bought Wordperfect Corp. and rights to the Quattro Pro spreadsheet
> more than $1.4 billion. Partly because of stiff competition from Microsoft,
> Novell later sold those products for about $170 million; it filed an
> suit in 2004 against Microsoft, seeking damages related to the tactics
> Microsoft used in the applications-software market.
> Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer is in San Francisco to announce
> pact. Spokesmen for Microsoft and Novell couldn't be reached for comment.
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