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Ballmer's new weapon against Linux is...Linux

Friday, November 03, 2006

aka... what you are not being told about the Novell/ Microsoft partnership.
I figured the Red Sea had parted to allow Ron Hovsepian and Steve Ballmer to pass, holding hands and singing kumbayah.

Nope.

What I learned, once I got to my computer, was that Novell and Microsoft have agreed to do what the market has already been forcing them to do: interoperate and not sue each other. Am I missing something? Oh, yes. "Sales support." I'm not yet sure what that means, but I guarantee it doesn't mean doing anything to promote Linux, as Ballmer said:

"If you want something, I'm still going to tell you [to buy] Windows, Windows, Windows."

He has a fiduciary duty to sell Windows, Windows, Windows, and to partner with whatever companies he thinks will help him sell more...Windows and with those that help him kill...Linux. Which camp does Novell fit into? Not sure, but I don't think it's in Novell's shareholder interest to help Microsoft with either goal. This isn't about helping Linux (SUSE Linux or otherwise), but rather about killing the only real threat to Microsoft's dominance in the operating system market.

Read more @ InfoWorld.

Note from the Nerd: Sigh... I knew it was too good to be true. Well, I'll remain optimistic on the issue, maybe something great can still come of this.
posted by linnerd40, Friday, November 03, 2006


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