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Microsoft Cites Success of Novell Linux Interop Deal

Jun 22, 2010, 14:36 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kurt Mackie)

"Microsoft touted its operating system interoperability partnership with Novell on Monday, saying that more than 500 customers have signed up since the program began more than three years ago.

"The program does more than just ensure that Windows and Novell SuSE Linux Enterprise play well together in heterogeneous computing environments. It also ensures that users of SuSE Linux Enterprise don't violate Microsoft's patents, providing users with so-called intellectual property (IP) "peace of mind."

"When announced in November 2006, the program was denounced furiously by the open source community. A Microsoft official later claimed in May 2007 that Linux violates 235 of Microsoft's patents. However, the company has never been specific about what patents are involved."

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