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Microsoft to buy and resell up to $100M Novell SUSE Linux support vouchers

Microsoft which two years ago agreed to buy and resell $240 million worth of enterprise support subscriptions for Novell Inc.’s SUSE Linux Enterprise Server operating system, will buy and resell up to another $100 million of vouchers, the two companies said.

The unusual scenario in which the world’s dominant proprietary software vendor is helping to market open-source software such as Linux began in November 2006, when the two former foes agreed to a set of pioneering cross-licensing and interoperability deals, with Microsoft admitting that many of its business customers were also fans of open-source software.

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