The extension runs until January 1, 2016. It again sees Microsoft commit to shelling out $100 million for Suse Linux Enterprise certificates and to refrain from suing Suse or its customers.
As Novell splits in two, VMware is seeking to snag its Suse operating system unit. If so, it would be much to the chagrin of Novell partner Microsoft.
VMware will standardize its virtual appliance-based products on Novell's Suse Linux Enterprise Server to try to ward off a growing threat from Microsoft.
Novell has significantly upped the stakes in the developer tools market with SUSE Studio Online, which makes it super easy to build Linux-based appliances with minimum expertise.
At the Open Source Business Conference, the company reveals an expansive vision of the data center to go with the new version of its Suse Linux operating system.
The open-source company says the new version shows gains over its predecessors in terms of interoperability, mission-critical computing, and virtualization.
A new partnership aims to help software companies develop Suse Linux Enterprise-based virtual appliances that are tailored to VMware's ESX platform.
Novell just acquired assets that strengthen its position in Identity Management, making it much more than a Linux company.
Novell has apparently figured out how to enable "mass customization" with a cool new tool for Suse Linux enabling users to create and test variants of Suse Linux Enterprise and OpenSuse.
Novell is improving its license for openSUSE to improve the community-development activities that come with it.