HSBC, one of the world's largest banks, has teamed up with Microsoft and Novell, two of the worlds' largest software suppliers, to bridge the gap between open source and proprietary software.
HSBC has followed in the footsteps of Wal-Mart by confirming it will work with the two companies following the landmark collaboration agreement Microsoft and Novell signed four months ago, which caused ripples through the open source community.
Microsoft and Novell agreed to work together to make Novell SuSE Linux and Microsoft Windows interoperate better at all levels. The agreement also involves developing datacentre management tools to manage mixed architectures that are running in a virtualised environment.
Sounds cool when that bloke O'Neill says that "they are doing things on my behalf"