Well, the news is that Microsoft renewed SUSE partnership. I don’t think anyone is surprised by that.
As Brian Proffitt pointed out, even after stripping away the PR, i.e., nonsense part, of the partnership, the deal makes business sense for Microsoft. From Attachment (i.e., SUSE) point of view the financial injection from Microsoft is probably more important than ever. Here and there one or two enterprise IT shop might benefit from the partnership mainly on financial front. Sounds like a win-win for all? Perhaps.
Is there any more meat on the PR that Microsoft provide SUSE with Patent indemnity? So far, we see nothing but noise. No lawsuit. Nada. All the patent arrow and extortion attempt by Microsoft is aimed at Android. Even then, it dare not (or could not) aim straight at Linux, or Google for that matter. If I am extremely unfriendly I would say the Lodsys lawsuits is probably inspired by Microsoft shooting at smaller animals while at the same time taking care not to wake the giant elephant in the middle of the room.
When we talk about this renewal, our attention quickly turned to what this means for RedHat. The original deal did not make a big enough wave to cause RedHat to be sea sick. It is unlikely the renewal would. RedHat is still the king in enterprise Linux market. SuSE has yet to be promoted to be the king maker and probably will never be.
As for the Linux community at large, a strong SuSE is not a bad idea, if only to counter the power of RedHat. Provided both SuSE and Microsoft get off the Patent indemnity nonsense, it is actually good for the Linux community.