Microsoft and Novell's announcement of collaboration agreements for greater interoperability between their products marks a milestone in the evolution of open source software's (OSS) place in the corporate data center, says Info-Tech Research Group. The partnership serves to legitimize Novell's Linux solution as an enterprise-grade platform and recognizes that businesses are already using a mixed Windows/Linux approach.

"Proponents of OSS in the enterprise can celebrate the validation of Linux as a viable solution," said Carmi Levy, senior research analyst at Info-Tech Research Group. "And it's a smart move for Microsoft because they know the industry is moving this way, so why not capitalize on the opportunity to sell additional products and services?"

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