the following has been taken from the Novell page on wikipedia
Agreement with Microsoft
On 2006-11-02, Novell and Microsoft announced a joint patent agreement to cover their respective products. They also promised to work more closely together, in order to improve their software's ability to work with other software, setting up a joint research facility to do this. Both companies hope this will lead to better compatibility between Microsoft Office and OpenOffice.org and better virtualization techniques.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said of the deal, "This set of agreements will really help bridge the divide between open-source and proprietary source software."
The deal involves upfront payment of $348 million from Microsoft to Novell for patent cooperation and SLES subscription. Novell will pay around $40 million to Microsoft over 5 years.
are we forgetting that microsoft is the enemy here??