Novell integrators applaud Microsoft partnership

Novell integrators applaud Microsoft partnership

Microsoft and Novell ink broad pact on Linux

Several local Novell integrators have applauded the vendor's historic partnership with Microsoft, claiming it will open doors to new Windows integration opportunities.

In a significant acknowledgement of the viability of Linux as a corporate operating system, Microsoft last week announced a deal with Novell to support Suse Linux on machines that run Windows.

The software giant will offer sales support for Suse Linux and also co-develop technologies with Novell to make it easier to run both Suse Linux and Microsoft Windows. It has also agreed to distribute 70,000 Suse Linux coupons so Microsoft customers can get Suse updates and technical support from Novell. Microsoft CEO , Steve Ballmer, said the partnership would bridge the divide between open source and proprietary source software.

Microsoft has also agreed not to assert rights over patents to any software technology that might be incorporated into Suse Linux. Both companies are paying each other upfront in exchange for a release of patent liability. According to filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the deal will cost Microsoft more than $US440 million in licensing fees, sales and marketing.

Jasco Consulting director, Jason McClintock, said the deal looked very positive at first glance. The Melbourne-based integrator is a Novell gold partner.

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