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Microsoft embraces Linux

In a move that has surely shocked the entire open source community by now, Microsoft Corp. has partnered with Novell Inc. in order to facilitate ways of making Microsoft Windows and Linux more interoperable.

'For anyone who runs a mix of Microsoft Windows and Linux, especially [Novell's] SUSE Linux, this is good news. It will make it easier for customers to manage these [mixed] environments,' said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer during a conference call this afternoon.

This is also good news for Novell, whose Linux distribution, SUSE has been overshadowed by the success of Red Hat Enterprise Linux in the enterprise (and by Ubuntu in the personal user space). Less happy will be the executives at Red Hat Inc., who already got a dose of bad news, courtesy of Oracle, earlier this week.

The two companies will also jointly work on developing software to make the two OS'es play more nicely with one another, initially focusing on virtualization, asset management and document formats, according to Ballmer.

Posted by Joab Jackson on Nov 02, 2006 at 9:39 AM

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