Novell/Microsoft Deal: Good for Novell, Good for Linux?

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2006-11-02 Print this article Print

Opinion: Yes, the deal is good for Novell. But what about Linux, especially the other Linux companies? That may be another matter entirely. (Linux-Watch)

Microsoft? Microsoft is giving a Linux distribution its blessing? Novell is working with its arch-enemy of over 20-years?

It still seems unbelievable, but it did happen. Microsoft is "supporting" Linux, and both companies are working together to improve interoperability between Windows and Linux.
So, this is great news, right? Microsoft finally admits Linux is not only for real, but that they need to work with it. Wonderful, right? Right?
OK, so it is wonderful for Novell. This move instantly makes SLES (SUSE Linux Enterprise Server) the Linux of choice for any company thats already invested in Windows. Forget about the 75,000 SLES discount coupons that Microsoft will be giving to customers that are interested in Linux. Read the full story on Linux-Watch: Novell/Microsoft Deal: Good for Novell, Good for Linux? Senior Editor Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols has been using and writing about operating systems since the late 80s and thinks he may just have learned something about them along the way. He can be reached at 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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