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Red Hat deal: when will we know more?

Feb 24, 2009, 14:32 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Varghese)

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"As is well known, when Microsoft signs a deal on its own terms, the other partner in the deal generally tends to fade away over the next few years. The Red Hat deal is the first time that Microsoft has had to settle for something less than the minimum which it was offering all along.

"But still, until the entire agreement is out there, some are not commenting. "As far as I know, the full text of the RedHat/Microsoft interoperability agreement is not publicly available, so I can't properly comment the deal," was the response I got from Andrew Tridgell, who is probably one of the people best qualified to comment, given his extensive experience in negotiating and forcing Microsoft to disclose details of network protocols which are used to work with Windows Server.

"Said Tridgell: "I certainly have no objection in principle to interoperability agreements, and I am pleased that Red Hat have gone to the trouble of pointing out that the agreement does not contain any of the patent components that are so problematic with the Novell agreement.""

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