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Competing Robin Hood Linux

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Competing Robin Hood Linux
Date: Thu, 02 Nov 2006 21:52:58 +0100

Microsoft, Novell May Partner on Linux
Thursday November 2, 3:33 pm ET
Microsoft to Offer Sales Support for Novell's Suse Linux Operating
System, Report Says

NEW YORK (AP) -- Shares of Novell spiked more than 20 percent Thursday
afternoon after a report that the company is entering a partnership with
Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, to provide support
for Novell's distribution of the Linux operating system and improve
interoperability with Windows.

Citing people familiar with the companies, The Wall Street Journal said
that under the terms of the deal, Microsoft will offer sales support for
Suse Linux, an open-source operating system sold by Novell.

The operating system competes with Microsoft's Windows operating system.

The two companies may also codevelop technologies to make it easier for
users to run both Suse Linux and Microsoft's Windows on their computers,
according to the report.

Microsoft agreed not to assert patent rights over the software that will
be incorporated into Suse Linux, according to the report.

Novell shares shot up $1.11, or 18.9 percent, to $6.98 in afternoon
trading on the Nasdaq, while Microsoft shares were down 6 cents at
$28.75 on the Nasdaq Stock Market.

Shares of Red Hat Inc., a competing provider of open source software and
services, fell 53 cents, or 3.2 percent, to $15.90 on the Nasdaq.

Microsoft scheduled an event at 5 p.m. EST in San Francisco.


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