Could it really be good for Linux?

Microsoft's recent agreement with Novell was met with both cheers and jeers from analysts and Linux enthusiasts alike.  Even though Microsoft also made agreements with the Linspire and Xandros operating systems - the deals didn't grab as many headlines as the Novell and Microsoft deal.

During the 2007 LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Novell spent a lot of time attempting to convince attendees that the deal with Microsoft was nothing but in the interest of promoting Linux in the future.  A quick look at this Novell web site will show you all of Novell and Microsoft's reasons why the relationship is good.

"(Novell) never believed any patent issues (existed) with Linux," said a Novell spokesperson during the show.

""I know our deal with Microsoft is controversial, but it is necessary for our customers who have to deal with both Linux and Windows in their data centers," said Ron Hovsepian, Novell CEO.  "Virtualization is also going to have to deal with both of those operating systems," he added."

As I attempt to not be a complete pessimist, others haven't been so forgiving towards Novell - along with an official boycott Novel campaign, other media and companies involved in open source appear to be more pessimistic than me!

I will admit that I am quite curious to see what really happens later down the road between Novell and Microsoft.  Even though I don't believe Microsoft has been sincere towards open source, some good could indeed come from this alliance.

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