Microsoft-Novell: What now for Linux?

Summary:Yesterday's announcement that these two old software foes will collaborate on developing specific technologies to help the Windows and Linux worlds interoperate drew a collective gasp from the blogosphere.

Yesterday's announcement that these two old software foes will collaborate on developing specific technologies to help the Windows and Linux worlds interoperate drew a collective gasp from the blogosphere. "Linux has won," proclaims Dana Gardner, while Josh Greenbaum sees this as the embrace that will strangle the open source operating system. Or, Mary Jo Foley asks, are patents the real meat of this deal? How much is this move about Oracle? Our collective questions and perspectives can be found in this special report.

Also: News.com has video of Steve Ballmer outlining the deal and Novell CTO Jeff Jaffe explaining why the this is good for open source.

Topics: Open Source

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David Grober has worked a variety of editorial roles in the technology media since 1982, when he joined the copy desk at IDG's Computer Business News. He served as managing editor for PC Week (now eWeek) and, later, Digital News. David made the leap from print to online publishing in 1994, when he joined Ziff-Net's Software Library. Sinc... Full Bio

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