Cliff Saran’s Enterprise blog

Aug 22 2008   8:54AM GMT

MS boosts Linux interoperability – really?

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Microsoft and Novell have made a big splash about their Linux interoperability agreement from 2006.  So far it’s worth $100 million over the last two years and there are about 100 customers including the likes of Walmart among others.


Sounds good? I beg to differ. $100m is Steve Balmer’s loose change. MS probably spends more on its campus canteens per year than this.


Microsoft’s CTO  meets Novell every six months. I guess that must show a real commitment to Linux interoperability.. I wonder how often MS senior execs meet HP or Intel – they probably don’t leave it six months to catch-up.


Microsoft says customers are asking for Linux/Windows interoperability, and its investment in the alliance with Novell demonstrates its commitment to helping customers run Linux and Windows in their data centres. Get real. It’s a tiny percentage of its annual revenue.

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  • Tymiles
    The more funny part is that MS is making more money then Novell out of the deal. (Since its pure profit for them)

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