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The Novell/Microsoft deal: My Reaction November 16, 2006

Posted by rjdohnert in Opinions.
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Microsoft and Novell have entered into a partnership where they will work together to provide interoperability between the Novell Linux products and Microsoft Windows and Microsoft products.  In my opinion, not a bad deal.  This is a win/win for Microsoft and Novell customers.  If this deal doesnt affect Open Source developers or software users or if violating someone’s Intellectual property rights are of no importance or consequence and if using open source software automatically protects users and developers by default then I guess the deal is just a lot of wasted ink.  Something tells me that they wouldnt come to financial agreements that steep for no reason.  Would I boycott Novell or Microsoft for this deal?  No, because the end result is transparent to the end user, they have nothing to do with it.  there isnt an extra checkbox to click when installing either companies products, no activation.  Microsoft and Novell are not “profitting off the sweat and hard work of OSS developers.”  I personally think the whole public outcry over this is wasted breath and it has led some companies to royally screw themselves over (see Sun Microsystems)

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