Microsoft and Novell rumoured in Linux partnership

 

Companies expected to cosy up later today.

Microsoft is expected to unveil a new partnership with Novell that aims to bolster the interoperability of Windows and the SuSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES), according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Microsoft on Thursday morning sent out invitations for a press conference in San Francisco later that day that will feature the company's chief executive Steve Ballmer but didn't list any details. A company spokesperson declined to comment.

A Novell spokesperson confirmed to vnunet.com that the company would be a the press conference, but declined any further comment.

A partnership between the two companies would make Novell's Linux distribution more attractive to enterprises that run both Linux and Winndows systems internally or that have to connect to outside partners. The option would give Novell a leg up in the competition with Red Hat, which is the world's largest provider of commericial Linux support.

Microsoft over the past years has been making peace with some of its long time adversaries such as Novell and Sun Microsystems. The software behemoth in 2004 settled anti-trust lawsuits with both companies for US$536m and US$1.6bn respectively. 

Microsoft and Sun Microsystems have since started working on improving the interoperability between their applications and in May 2005 released specifications that enable single sign-on between systems that use the WS-* and Liberty Alliance standards for Web services.

Microsoft so far hasn't worked with any Linux vendor and instead opted to work with the larger Linux community. The company for instance has a Linux and open source interoperability lab where it test its own software, and earlier this year launched the Port25 website where it solicits feedback from open source developers.

Copyright ©v3.co.uk


Microsoft and Novell rumoured in Linux partnership
 
 
 
Top Stories
Meet FABACUS, Westpac's first computer
GE225 operators celebrate gold anniversary.
 
NSW Govt gets ready to throw out the floppy disks
[Opinion] Dominic Perrottet says its time for government to catch up.
 
iiNet facing new copyright battle with Hollywood
Fighting to protect customer details.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest articles on BIT Latest Articles from BIT
Do you direct debit customers? Read this
Oct 10, 2014
Authorities have been targeting direct debit practices with iiNet and Dodo receiving formal ...
Optus expands 4G coverage
Oct 10, 2014
If you rely on an Optus phone for work you might be interested to know that there are now 200 ...
Microsoft Office is now free for some charities
Oct 10, 2014
Microsoft has announced that eligible Australian non-profit organisations and charities can now ...
Vodafone lights up 4G in Adelaide
Oct 9, 2014
Live and work in Adelaide? Vodafone has switched on its 4G network in the city and suburbs.
Next year tradies will be able to take payments using ingogo
Oct 3, 2014
Ingogo is going to provide a card payment service for Xero users.
Latest Comments
Polls
In which area is your IT shop hiring the most staff?




   |   View results
IT security and risk
  26%
 
Sourcing and strategy
  12%
 
IT infrastructure (servers, storage, networking)
  21%
 
End user computing (desktops, mobiles, apps)
  15%
 
Software development
  26%
TOTAL VOTES: 335

Vote
Would your InfoSec team be prepared to share threat data with the Australian Government?

   |   View results
Yes
  57%
 
No
  43%
TOTAL VOTES: 139

Vote