“We should dedicate a cross-group team to come up with ways to leverage Windows technically more.”
–Jim Allchin, Microsoft
As time goes by, Novell and Microsoft appear to be getting closer. Several months ago we saw the press describing the Microsoft-Novell deal as an alliance and more recently we even saw Novell helping Windows Vista. Considering the fact that Novell is gradually embracing more of .NET [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13], this is hardly surprising.
For the record, here is another sighting in the press where the relationship between this couple is described as “an alliance”. Maybe, just maybe, some day in the future we will hear about a “subsidiary” or so-called ‘GPL division’.
In the case of Novell-Microsoft alliance, the situation is one of making two platforms work together.