Once bitter rivals, Microsoft Corp., and Novell Inc., entered into an agreement on Thursday to allow open-source Linux software to work with Windows.
After years of trying to crush open-source rivals, Microsoft said it will provide support and technology to allow Linux to work on Windows. At the same time, it agreed not to assert patent claims against customers of Suse Linux, Novell's operating system.
In its second major partnership with an open-source software company this week, Microsoft sought to assure a growing number of Linux users, especially in the computer server market, that the two platforms can co-exist.
"The two companies will establish a joint research facility to make sure customers can consolidate multiple Linux and Windows systems on a single server machine. The facility will also work to improve interoperability between documents created with Microsoft's Office and its open-source rival OpenOffice."
MSFT will want you to think of them as gentler and kinder. Remember they are very good at marketing.
It's a known Microsoft tactic to hire people who really believe what their opponents say, and let them communicate and calm down the opposition. The only thing those poor people do not get is any say into what the rest of Microsoft thinks and does.