"In a surprise announcement, Microsoft's Steve Ballmer seems to
be doing a deal with Novell and the SUSE Linux folks. Apparently,
the goal is to make Linux interoperable with Windows and perhaps
move some apps onto the Linux platform. What could be brewing? Does
it make any sense that Microsoft is going to embrace Linux in a big
way? After all, Ballmer used to demean it.
"I think something is up, and it was probably triggered by Larry
Ellison's announcement at the recent Oracle OpenWorld event that
his company would sell support services for Red Hat Linux. I
suspect that the big enterprise players are each going to jump on
one of the various Linux boats and start a software war..."