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.