Windows, meet SUSE: Novell, Microsoft open lab

Windows, meet SUSE: Novell, Microsoft open lab

Summary: Microsoft and Novell said Wednesday that they have opened an interoperability lab in Cambridge, Mass. to improve collaboration between the two parties.

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Microsoft and Novell said Wednesday that they have opened an interoperability lab in Cambridge, Mass. to improve collaboration between the two parties.

This lab was part of the Novell and Microsoft pact announced almost a year ago. The lab will focus on joint development for Windows Server and SUSE Linux Enterprise to make sure they work well together.

Some specs:

  • The lab is 2,500 square feet;
  • First mission is making the two virtualization technologies work better together;
  • Other areas of focus will be standards-based systems management, identity federation and compatibility of office document formats;
  • The lab will have 80 servers of various flavors and a storage area network;
  • Both parties say their best and brightest will be sent to the lab.

Topics: Open Source, Microsoft, Software, Windows

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  • Nothing but good for consumers/users

    To be sure this will have the zealots howling but the truth is, this is great for consumer/users that are demanding interoperability. It won't be long before Novell becomes the corporate choice for mixed Windows/Linux environmants.
    No_Ax_to_Grind
    • Good, reasonable post.

      Suggestion: you might also observe that this is the start of developing the tools that will make the inevitable Linux to Windows server migrations easier.
      Keeping your loyal readership alert.

      Question: what does interoperability on servers have to do with "compatibility of office document formats"?

      Any joint effort of Novell and Microsoft has a political aspect, and both sides are being considerate of their constituencies.
      Anton Philidor
      • Politics?

        Yes, I agree that both will add the required "spin" to keep the zealots on both sides from ranting too much, but... Novell must also look at their bottom line.

        Assume the generally accept notion that Red Hat is far and away the leader in corporate installs/sales. Novell must find a way to differentiate themselves from the rest of the Linux distros. (Face it, they are all pretty much the same thing.) Partnering with Microsoft and building interoperability between Novell Linux and MS Windows is a HUGE differentiation and will pay off very, very nicely for both partners.

        The politics of course will have the "purists" up in arms but that doesn't last long (short attention spans) and corporate users are not part of the Linux religion. They simply want it to all work together. If Novell offers solutions to that need they will take the market.
        No_Ax_to_Grind
  • RE: Windows, meet SUSE: Novell, Microsoft open lab

    Microsoft will operate as usual. Get all the best bits from Novell, keep their development secret from Novell. Then stab Novell in the back.

    Don't think so?!?!? Then you don't know Microsoft history. Think DR-DOS, IBM O/S2, Netscape, ...
    BilboRT
    • Microsoft will operate as usual.

      Microsoft will operate as usual. Get all the best bits from Novell, keep their development secret from Novell. Then stab Novell in the back.

      Don't think so?!?!? Then you don't know Microsoft history. Think DR-DOS, IBM O/S2, Netscape, ...
      BilboRT
      • Now somebody's thinkin'

        How does this frickin' e-zine publish an Apple-diss about its partnering with AT&T
        on then do 2 pos-Microsoft articles about partnering with Sun and Novell?

        Is there anybody that doesn't shaft their partner at some time? MS shafted Apple
        bigger and better than anybody!!!!

        MS should just buy Novell and put it out of it's misery, anyway. Then MS would
        REALLY be an open-source embracer and could sell Linux and Windows.

        Why must it sell only 1 OS?
        mlindl
    • Yeah, IBM never did this...

      And you claim to know your history?
      No_Ax_to_Grind
  • Err 'stab'

    or more likely to buy, thats called business

    Sole purpose of Microsoft, Novell or any other business to make money which isnt a bad thing
    mrjonno
    • But that doesn't fit with the Stallman religion.

      And will of course upset all his followers.
      No_Ax_to_Grind
  • Windows Server focus

    Finally, press about what Novell and Microsoft are really up to. It is not like they haven't been trying to get the word out. So so many just do not want to see.

    Let me put it plainly. Windows Server 2008 (formerly Longhorn) consists of several virtual machines. One of the virtual machines in Windows Server 2008 is SUSE Linux and here is where you will run Nagios, an open source host service and network monitoring program. It is also where you would run Oracle 10i. Another of the Virtual Machines will probably be running Novell Software, specifically Console One/ Zenworks. This Virtual Machine will eliminate things like VNC, Virtual Network Computing, which as useful as it is for remote control, doesn't adequately address security. An additional virtual machine will run Microsoft SQL server and perhaps another sharePoint/.

    The Windows Server focus is a focus on interoperability. It is a solution worth supporting.
    mighetto
  • fsf and other open sourse should ban novell

    Novell make a deal with the devil i hope they will pay the ultimate price .
    Quebec-french
    • Sorry, they can't !!!

      ANYONE has the right to ANYTHING that is open source. Deal with it.
      No_Ax_to_Grind
  • *yawn*

    Limited implementations of proprietary MS tech that will only benefit a few SUSE customers anyway. Wake me up when they're actually contributing to OSS.
    robert.paul@...
    • Time to wake up

      And take a look at channel9 and all the open source code available to anyone.
      No_Ax_to_Grind