Microsoft and Novell working for Windows-Linux interop
According to the press release, Microsoft and Novell are making "three important commitments" to the open source community: "First, Microsoft will work with Novell and actively contribute to several open source software projects, including projects focused on Office file formats and Web services management. Second, Microsoft will not assert its patents against individual noncommercial open source developers. And third, Microsoft is promising not to assert its patents against individual contributors to OpenSUSE.org whose code is included in the SUSE Linux Enterprise platform, including SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop." That third one is pretty important for small-time developers, but falls short when, say, a for-profit open source company wants to use one of those developers' GPL'd code.
The Microsoft-Novell agreement will be in place until "at least 2012." Does this really "make sense for the open source community," as Novell officials say? Time will tell.