Red Hat is putting a positive spin on a deal between Novell and Microsoft that may threaten the company's position as the leading supplier of Linux.
In a question-and-answer response on its website to the co-marketing, technology and indemnification alliance announced Thursday between Novell and Microsoft, Red Hat said that the deal "means Linux has won."
"It was inevitable. The best technology has been acknowledged," Red Hat said. "The relentless march of open source is shaking up the industry by freeing customers from proprietary lock-in and lack of choice."
Red Hat also scoffed at the financial deal between Novell and Microsoft that involves up-front payments from both companies in exchange for a release of patent liability. Additionally, Novell also will make running royalty payments to Microsoft based on a percentage of revenue from open-source products.
"An innovation tax is unthinkable," according to Red Hat's statement. "Free and open-source software provide the necessary environment for true innovation. Innovation without fear or threat. Activities that isolate communities or limit upstream adoption will inevitably stifle innovation."