That headline is wrong in so many ways. Still, here’s a bit of the news from The Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Corp. is entering into an unusual partnership with Novell Inc. that gives a boost to the Linux operating system, a rival to the software giant’s Windows software, according to people familiar with the companies.
Under the pact, which isn’t final, Microsoft will offer sales support of SUSE Linux, a version of the operating system sold by Novell. The two companies have also agreed to develop technologies to make it easier for users to run both Suse Linux and Microsoft’s Windows on their computers. The two companies are expected to announce details of their plan today at a press conference in San Francisco.
I’m wondering whether this would fall into the “enemy of my enemy is my friend” category. After all, with pressure mounting from the new Oracle Unbreakable Linux support, this MS/Novell partnership can’t be seen as anything other than a major business challenge from Red Hat’s perspective. While not totally surprising, it’s hard to believe that Microsoft, whose executives referred to Linux as both a cancer an communist software, is now looking to partner up with a Linux company, even if that company is Novell.
And yes, it still feels strange saying that Novell is a Linux company. Although you gotta hand it to them, the latest SUSE Linux is absolutely beautiful.