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"I have realized that I can not move to Vista, ever, Microsoft is forcing me to Linux."
Two banks and an insurance company have accepted Microsoft Corp.'s offer of technical support for Novell Inc.'s SUSE Enterprise Linux.
One of the three, Credit Suisse Group, has yet to use SUSE Linux, said spokeswomen at the two software vendors.
In the seven weeks since Microsoft and Novell announced their controversial interoperability and patent protection agreement, Redmond has handed out some 16,000 subscription certificates for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.
"Ask a deeply religious Christian if he'd rather live next to a bearded Muslim that may or may not be plotting a terror attack, or an atheist that may or may not show him how to set up a wireless network in his house. On the scale of prejudice, atheists don't seem so bad lately. I think that in an election cycle or two you will see an atheist business leader emerge as a legitimate candidate for president. And his name will be Bill Gates."
Anyone can tell you an interesting story, but when it comes to Microsoft and Novell’s recent deal Linux enthusiasts around the world have more than a couple up their sleeves.
Microsoft Corp. is open to more deals like one it just agreed with Novell for open-source Linux software, but believes customers will continue to pay for software, its chief executive told an Indian newspaper.
"We will love to put that kind of agreement in place with anyone who distributes Linux software, Red Hat, whoever else," Steve Ballmer told India's Economic Times in an interview published on Thursday.
Microsoft Corp has denied that its patent deal with Novell Inc is in breach of the GNU General Public License or will automatically spread Microsoft's patent protection to other Linux distributions.
"Being compliant with the GPL was obviously a massively important part of doing this, and it's something we've been working on for a long time," Bill Hilf, Microsoft's general manager of platform strategy, told Computer Business Review.
More comments on the MS/Novell deal: "You would have to be a little gullible to believe that the agreement announced on Friday between Novell and Microsoft has much, if anything, to do with open source software."
"This deal is simply about two things: Microsoft and Novell. Nothing more and nothing less."