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Microsoft and Novell's bridge to Linux

The longtime rivals make nice with a plan to help companies use the open-source OS along with Windows.

Not all that long ago, it was unimaginable that Microsoft and Novell would exchange kind words, much less collaborate on making the Windows and Linux operating systems interoperable. But Thursday's announcement by the two companies formalized a plan to do just that.

Former software foes pledge to work together to help Windows world and Linux world interoperate.
November 2, 2006

As the sofware maker endures a tough week, open-source experts question whether the deal would violate the GPL.
November 3, 2006

perspective CNET News.com's Charles Cooper says the companies' overdue pact puts to rest an increasingly stale IT dispute.
November 3, 2006

Scrutinizing the Microsoft-Novell deal

blogma The blog community responds to Thursday's announcement with a mixture of surprise, relief and cynicism.
November 2, 2006

Video: Microsoft embraces Linux

In a San Francisco press conference, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer outlines the deal between his company and Novell.
November 2, 2006

Video: Microsoft, Novell, open source

Novell CTO Jeff Jaffee talks about why the Novell-Microsoft deal is good for open source and about the need for Windows interoperability.
November 2, 2006

previous coverage

Software giant's bid to steal Red Hat's business hurts Red Hat, but Oracle has a long way to go before proving its Linux chops.
October 27, 2006

Suse Linux Enterprise Real-Time is aimed at financial traders and others who watch every microsecond of the clock.
October 20, 2006

New partnership should ensure that its next-generation virtualization technology will work well with open-source Xen.
July 17, 2006

Though it still opposes open-source products and licensing, Microsoft is begrudgingly adopting similar practices to appeal to its corporate customers.
July 11, 2005

Company says software giant excluded app from market, but Microsoft says Novell's mismanagement caused WordPerfect to lose favor with consumers.
November 12, 2004