Microsoft is strengthening its position in the Linux and open source market, this time through a technology sharing agreement with Linux distributor Xandros. 

The move is the the latest that the software giant has made to allow Windows to run more smoothly with open source software.
Xandros will licence server code from Micosoft while developing tools for Windows systems and Microsoft will endorse Xandros Server and Desktop distributions as its preferred flavour of Linus.
The two company will work to improve interoperability.
At the heart of the deal is protection for Xandros customers in case Microsoft decides to pursue patent infringements.
The deal is similar to the one struck in November with Novell – although with less than 1% of the market, Xandros is a much smaller player than Novell.