This supercedes earlier agreements between the two companies, Kinan said, in response to queries from iTWire.
Microsoft and SUSE signed a patent-licensing deal in 2006, at a time when SUSE was operating under the Novell umbrella in the US. Novell was acquired by the Attachmate Group in 2010 and later sold to the British mainframe company Micro Focus in 2014. From the time of the Attachmate purchase, SUSE went back to operating as an independent business unit in Nuremberg as it had been before it was first bought by Novell in 2003. In July 2011, Microsoft announced the SUSE deal would be extended till 1 January this year.
Last year when Microsoft was asked about the continuation of the deal, the company refused to say anything openly. The 2006 deal did not go down well with the free and open source software community and one prominent developer, Jeremy Allison of the Samba project, left Novell in protest.
"New solutions include the SUSE High Performance Computing image, SUSE Manager Management Pack updates, and image infrastructure updates, whereas Microsoft’s partnership with Red Hat was launched in 2015," she said.
Questioned whether Microsoft had tied up with SUSE in 2006 from a position of strength while its deal with Red Hat in 2015 came from a comparative position of weakness, Kinan replied: "Microsoft’s Linux business has grown to over 22 to 25% of their public cloud business, demonstrating customer commitment to Linux. Their investment in open source solutions, selling initiatives and partnering has exceeded our expectations."
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