Novell and Microsoft: Partners?
Yes folks, the two old warring companies have kissed, and made nice by agreeing to a partnership. Microsoft, in a shocking announcement, has agreed to offer sales support for SuSE Linux.
This is surprising to me, considering that 10 years ago, Novell and Microsoft were at each other's throats, competing in the Enterprise Server market. CNA's out there would curse Microsoft Engineers and vice versa; neither side agreeing on the philosophy of the 'perfect domain model'.
Microsoft won that battle, forcing Novell into the Open-Source space... and SuSE was born!
How many of you Microsoft Engineers out there have had this debate:
Linux User: Microsoft Sucks - Command line rules.
Microsoft Eng: "Is that why Bill Gates is worth billions??"
Linux User: "Bill Gates is satan"
Anyways, you know how it goes: neither side admits the other has its merits and its place in an Enterprise.
For those of you who fear this can be the end of Open-Source developement:
That said, under the patent cooperation agreement, both companies are paying each other upfront in exchange for a release of patent liability. Additionally, Novell also will make running royalty payments to Microsoft based on a percentage of revenue from open-source products.
Microsoft is also saying that they "will build connectors between the open-source OpenOffice and Microsoft's own Office productivity software, which have different document formats, as well as facilitate integration between the companies' rival directory products."*
Personally, I find this development very interesting; a counter-move to compete with Oracle and Red Hat's partnership.
Read about it, and let the debates begin.