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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Microsoft to Announce Linux Partnership With Novell

Microsoft is entering into an unusual partnership with Novell that gives a boost to Linux, people familiar with the companies tell

From the article: '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. In addition, Microsoft won't assert rights over patents over software technology that may be incorporated into Suse Linux, the people said. Businesses that use Linux have long worried that Microsoft would one day file patent infringement suits against sellers of the rival software.

The URL for the Microsoft press release can be found here

Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer will deliver an announcement during a press conference today in San Francisco.

2 p.m. PST, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006

JW Marriott Hotel San Francisco500 Post St.San Francisco, CA 94102

A live webcast will be available. After the conference has ended, the video will be available for streaming at the same link for at least six months.

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