"Red Hat Inc's CEO has said the company is encouraging customers
to adopt Microsoft Corp's offer of support vouchers for Novell's
Inc's rival Linux operating system in order to get the issue over
"Microsoft announced in November 2006 that it would distribute
70,000 Linux support certificates a year for five years, at the
cost of $240m as part of an interoperability and patent deal with
"I asked Microsoft if it wanted to respond to Szulik's comments.
In an e-mail, Jeff O'Mara, Microsoft director of corporate
communications, cited support for the Microsoft-Novell deal from
customers including Credit Suisse, AIG Technologies, Deutsche Bank
and Wal-Mart. He added:
"'Other customers have come to us because they are unhappy with
the level of service they are getting from Red Hat...'"
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