Microsoft Signs Second Deal With Linux Distro
from the keep-your-friends-close... dept
Novell’s partnership with Microsoft hasn’t won the company any friends in the open source community, but it has been a boon to the company’s Linux business. According to the company, Microsoft has quickly become its biggest Linux partner, as it accounts for the majority of its revenue on that side of the business (the company’s only unit that’s performing decently). Of course, in addition to the partnership aspect, Novell bought itself protection from any future legal threats from Microsoft, which has once again been making noise about Linux violating its patents. It seems that Novell’s initial success in dealing with Microsoft has inspired others, as smaller Linux distro Xandros has announced a similar deal. Once again, the company and its customers will be protected from legal liability, while the two companies will work together on areas of compatibility. For Microsoft, these deals don’t come anywhere near to having a significant financial impact. But from a strategic standpoint, it’s clear that the company is looking to use position as a way of keeping its enemies close at hand.