Novell, Microsoft Staff Up Interoperability Lab

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2007-02-01 Print this article Print

As part of their partnership, the two companies are collaborating on a joint research facility. (Linux-Watch)

When Novell and Microsoft announced their unlikely partnership, a part of the arrangement that got little attention at the time was that theyd create a joint research facility, where both companies technical experts would collaborate on new joint software solutions. Now, theyre staffing up. According to Sam Ramji, Microsofts director of platform technology strategy, the companies are looking for a few good program managers and software engineers to populate that joint research facility. Richard Stallman of the Free Software Foundation says the Novell-Microsoft patent agreement does not violate the GPLV2. Click here to read more.
In a Port 25 message, Ramji wrote that as a result of the partnership, two companies are opening a Joint Interoperability Lab, which "will be around for the long term, and will focus on interoperable virtualization between the Windows and SLES [SUSE Linux Enterprise Server]. This lab will be part of the product engineering teams for both companies."
In particular, the Lab will focus on several areas: "Virtualization, Office OpenXML/ODF interoperability, WS-Management interoperability, and directory federation." A key developer quits Novell over the deal with Microsoft. Read more here. Ramji, and his Novell colleagues, are looking for program managers and software design engineers. Depending on the particular job, one might work for Novell, while another would draw his or her paychecks from Microsoft. Read the full story on Linux-Watch: Novell and Microsoft Staff Up Interoperability Lab Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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