Microsoft Starts to Get Open Source

by Preston Gralla

Those who believe that Microsoft only pays lip service to Open Source may be surprised by the mega-deal Microsoft just signed with Novell, which shows that Microsoft has finally decided to come to terms with Linux.

6 Comments

Kilo
2006-11-08 19:29:17
Uhm. Novell is Microsoft's long-time enemy. Linux is one of Microsoft's biggest threats. Can you name one competitor that Microsoft has ever partnered with that benefited from the arrangement? I can name several that haven't. Why do you think this deal will be any different?


This just seems terribly optimistic, considering the past tactics of the company involved.


2006-11-09 04:14:24
Right on Kilo, never mind the fact that Novell has been hurting financially for a while now and needs the cash...
Kilo
2006-11-09 17:23:09
Are they hurting financially? It looks like they did $11M in net profit last quarter, versus $2.1M in net profit the year before. Their net profit margin was 32% last year..
rgh_rattler
2006-11-11 15:36:35
Doesn't Billy have any originality. He's just trying to keep his ass safe when he sees the threat of the Open Source movement. He's an asshole.
Simon Hibbs
2006-11-12 09:24:36
Bill wasn't behind this IMHO. It's a business deal. Steve Balmer may not be my hero, but he's a realist and eventually, if enough of his biggest customers say they are using Linux and he'd better get used to the idea, he can't hold out with an extreme position forever.


I'm still not entirely clear what is going on though. Interesting times!

o2se3tak
2006-11-13 00:41:36
Shouldn't we abandon SUSE?

After the recent fiasco generated by Novell getting into an agreement with Microsoft and the whole Open Source Community planning to fight Novell both in and outside the court, will it be sensible to shift over to another Linux distribution? There are other distributions that are as good or better that SUSE so which will be best one to migrate to?