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Old November 6, 2006, 06:11 PM
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Microsoft and Novell Announce Broad Collaboration on Windows and Linux Interoperability and Support

Companies also announce a patent agreement covering proprietary and open source products.

REDMOND, Wash., and WALTHAM, Mass. — Nov. 2, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. and Novell Inc. today announced a set of broad business and technical collaboration agreements to build, market and support a series of new solutions to make Novell and Microsoft® products work better together. The two companies also announced an agreement to provide each other’s customers with patent coverage for their respective products. These agreements will be in place until at least 2012. Under this new model, customers will realize unprecedented choice and flexibility through improved interoperability and manageability between Windows® and Linux.

“They said it couldn’t be done. This is a new model and a true evolution of our relationship that we think customers will immediately find compelling because it delivers practical value by bringing two of their most important platform investments closer together,” said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. “We’re excited to work with Novell, whose strengths include its heritage as a mixed-source company. Resolving our patent issues enables a combined focus on virtualization and Web services management to create new opportunities for our companies and our customers.”

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Old November 6, 2006, 07:52 PM
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I just heard about this today too! ;)

I guess it makes sense for ol' Microsoft to cover some of the patents that may have previously left them open for the all-too popular patent lawsuits nowadays.

Then again, Ballmer has always kinda creeped me out.
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I hope this means DX10 for some (any... PLEASE ANY) build of Linux.... That would be great. Then I wouldn't have to use Vista.

One thing that worries me is if we'll see Linux for free anymore. I wonder if Microsoft cooperating with them means charging them licensing fees that will be passed on to the users.
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Old December 9, 2006, 06:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Misoprostol View Post
One thing that worries me is if we'll see Linux for free anymore. I wonder if Microsoft cooperating with them means charging them licensing fees that will be passed on to the users.
Linux is open source so whatever we currently have will continue to be available for use/upgrading.

That said.... I wouldn't expect to see Microsoft allow directX to be included in the open source agreement, so if you see it available in some flavours of linux you can be pretty sure it won't be part of a free distro.

The only way that would ever work would be if microsoft could find some way to charge the games producers a per/unit fee for using DirectX in their games.
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Not only that but Linux isn't one entity like Windows is. MS cannot just one day say we own Linux so now you pay for it. There are too many flavours of Linux to so that, plus it is under the GNU license. Linux was born because of corporate control and closed source. Linux without the GNU license would just be UNix with better 'window' dressing.

The public license means that no one person or company owns Linux. We do, we own Linux, the computing community...(tongue twister). That's why it has made so many strides so quickly and why it is so secure because of its openness.

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Old November 3, 2007, 01:17 PM
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Old December 21, 2007, 02:10 PM
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HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!! Thats funny! But seriously, microsoft will not open up DirectX for us. At least not any time soon. It just ain't gonna happen no matter how much we wish. Sorry guys, but id love something like that to happen too, except that it just won't.
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