Linfo: 13 Reasons to Celebrate the New Microsoft-Novell Pact

[ Thanks to Bellevuelinux for this link.

“The recently announced agreement between Microsoft Corporation
and Novell, Inc. has resulted in much concern that it could be
harmful for Linux and other free software. However, the agreement
itself, as well as its timing and comments made by Microsoft
executives about it, may actually be a very good thing–and perhaps
even worthy of celebration!

“The agreement, which will expire on January 1, 2012, calls for
the two companies to work together to build, market and support
solutions that will improve the interoperability between their
software products and services. Both have also agreed to not assert
their patents against the end users of the products and services of
the other company. In addition, Microsoft will make a net payment
to Novell of several hundred million dollars…”


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