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Microsoft just sent a huge patch to the Linux Kernel

July 26, 2009

In a historical twist, now Microsoft contributes to Linux Kernel. This fact can seem absurd, but Microsoft sent a 22k lines patch to better support Linux on Microsoft’s Hyper-V last week. On the one hand, we have to remember that Steve Balmer, Microsoft CEO, back in 2001 affirmed compared Linux and Open Source to cancer. On the other hand, it does make sense for Microsoft to ensure that Linux properly runs on Hyper-V, and there is no better way to do so than to commit the code themselves.

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Microsoft/Novell deal

November 4, 2006

On the 2nd of November, Microsoft and Novell announced an agreement to share some patents, cross-marketing, and collaborative development. The deal is very recent, and it is difficult to say what exactly it includes and what consequences (if any) it will have. From the information currently available, it seems there are multiple parts to the deal: Both companies will work on the compatibility between their OSes and the other company’s virtualization solution (Windows on Xen and SLE on Viridian).

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Novell acquired SUSE

January 14, 2004

Yesterday, Novell completed the acquisition of SuSE Linux AG, the company behind SUSE, for $210 million. Novell is a public company from Provo, Utah, and the creator of NetWare. Interestingly, IBM got involved in the deal paying $50 million of it. I’m personally not sure if this is good or bad for the Linux space, but there are a few considerations that I’d like to make. On the positive side, the fact that IBM contributed to the deal means that there will probably be more collaboration between IBM and SUSE, and therefore SUSE might be able to gain traction.

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