Microsoft, Novell reported in Linux accord

Grant Shipley gshipley at gmail.com
Thu Nov 2 13:53:17 MST 2006


"...that will allow open-source Linux software to work with the
company's Windows software"

Exactly what does this mean?

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http://money.cnn.com/2006/11/02/technology/microsoft_novell.reut/index.htm

November 2 2006: 3:13 PM EST

SEATTLE (Reuters) -- Microsoft Corp. is entering into an agreement
with Novell Inc. that will allow open-source Linux software to work
with the company's Windows software, The Wall Street Journal reported
on Thursday.

Novell and Microsoft will work together to develop technologies to
allow users to run both Windows and Suse Linux, a version of the
operating system sold by Novell, the Journal said, citing people
familiar with the companies.
TECHNOLOGY

Unlike proprietary software, open-source software lets developers
share code and add functions. Users pay for custom features,
maintenance and technical support. Linux is the most popular variant
of open-source software.

Microsoft plans to make a major announcement later on Thursday but
declined to comment on the article.



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