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Microsoft has refused to say openly whether it will be extending the patent-licensing deal that it signed with Novell back in 2006. At that time, SUSE Linux was a part of Novell.

Novell has since been acquired by the Attachmate Group which, in turn, was bought by the British mainframe company Micro Focus.

In July 2011, Microsoft announced that the agreement with SUSE would be extended until January 1, 2016.

iTWire asked Microsoft about the SUSE agreement after Red Hat and Microsoft announced a deal a few days back on cloud installations, wherein Microsoft said it would be making Red Hat the preferred enterprise Linux distribution for installing on its Azure cloud offering.

A Microsoft spokesman responded: "SUSE has been, and continues to be, an important Microsoft partner. We anticipate that partnership will continue to generate many benefits for our joint customers. We have no comment on the status of contractual arrangements or discussions with SUSE."

The Germany-based SUSE, which is now operating out of its original headquarters in Nuremberg as an independent business unit of Micro Focus, has its own Azure deal with Microsoft, which is completely separate from the patent-licensing deal.

A SUSE spokesman told iTWire: "The announcement that Red Hat is available on Azure is not a surprise. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server has been there for close to two years, and many enterprise customers are finding the benefits of deploying workloads on Linux in the public cloud.

"Red Hat's following SUSE into this space makes sense for joint Red Hat and Microsoft customers. Meanwhile, SUSE continues to work with Microsoft to create options for customers to run SUSE software alongside Microsoft solutions in on-premise and public and private cloud environments."

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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