Microsoft-Novell: What now for Linux?

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.

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TOPICS: Open Source
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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.

Topic: Open Source

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  • Makes sense to me

    This is good news for the world of tech. It can also be argued, well overdue.
    ahinkle
  • Yawn

    When you actually read the details, there's no "there" there. Novell isn't getting anything that they can take to the bank (for reasons Eben Moglen points out) and Microsoft gets some help from Miguel DeIcaza.

    Wow.

    It's basically a photo op timed to draw attention from Oracle, which in turn was another Larry Ellison "hey look at me." Once you drill through the meringue, there's no pie.
    Yagotta B. Kidding
    • The meringue is part of the pie.

      You wrote:
      "Once you drill through the meringue, there's no pie."

      Microsoft now has its own distribution of Linux, one of the two commercial varieties. Oracle has the other, at least to work with other Oracle products.

      Is it possible that you're overlooking the obvious in a search for deeper significance?
      Anton Philidor
      • Hey

        Maybe there IS something to this Linux thingy.
        Do you think?
        Oh. I forgot. You don't use Linux.
        Nevermind. ;)
        D T Schmitz
    • LOL

      :)
      D T Schmitz
  • Linux is one MORE aspect of MS

    MS's virtual server = VMWare Linux.
    MS's Unix tools = MS purchased the company that developed the Unix shell for NT.
    MS's business model = Open Source = Linux = Unix = VMS = Solaris, etc.

    MS a Linux based operating system.
    chasster