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Snowballs are also reported to be seen in hell... :)
No seriously - we have and it makes sense.
I've been working with customers for a while as a consultant in my past life that have both Novell and Microsoft as parts of their infrastructure. This announcement has a number of parts to it and is well worth a read from both the Novell perspective and the Microsoft perspective. Let me give you some links and then some of my thoughts.
Novell announcement on their press release site.
Microsoft PressPass article with video of SteveB talking about the announcement.
Microsoft site www.microsoft.com/interop is where all the documentation, faq, covenants and the like are stored for review.
Good blog perspective from Jason Matusow
My take on it - FWIW...
There are three parts to this announcement (again, visit the www.microsoft.com/interop site - it's worth the read).
The Technical Agreement is around these three areas.
The Patent Cooperation Agreement around Microsoft and Novell interoperability collaboration. (you should read this page from the interop site)
From an open source community perspective - three interesting things that you might not be aware of:
Novell has sent an open letter to the community - have a read here...
I decided to pop over to Port 25 to see what Bill Hilf and our Open Source software lab people had to say about it. Again - an interesting read as well.
My final thoughts? It's a new era in collaboration between Microsoft and Novell around some key technologies I am interested in (virtualization, web services based server management and document formats). It marks the creation of a collaborative facility (i.e. cool hardware and geek stuff) where MS and Novell engineers will work together (I got to see if I can visit).
This announcement is very new and will be hashed and rehashed in the blogsphere and community for a while. I am interested to see where it lands and how it's interpreted.
On the record - I am pleased and excited about it.