Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 6th Nov 2006 18:26 UTC
Novell and Ximian "Someone just asked me whether, now that Novell's become buddies with Microsoft, I'll be turning away from Novell/SUSE as one of my favorite Linux distributions. My answer is no. I'm sticking with SUSE Linux on both my desktops and servers. Here's why."
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First, I'm no OSS purist. I rather use OSS when I can, but I use nVidia/VMWare/etc when I can't.
Second, I don't use SLED. I got burned by Novel in the past and I never let anyone screw my twice. (Needless to say, I'm not that surprised by the Novel/Microsoft pact).

If I was using SLED, I would have began making long term preparation to jump ship to another enterprise level distribution. Here's why:
A. This deal helps Microsoft sue other distributions, which in-turn, locks me into SLED. In the long term, I have a vested interest in breaking any attempt to lock me to a certain platform. (That's why we decide to [try and drop] Windows as a target platform to begin with)
B. This deal helps Microsoft impede the progress of the OSS movement and in my view, less OSS means less choice (in selecting which software to use) and higher prices (limited selecting of developers). As a consumer I have a vested interest in keeping the market alive and competitive.

While in the short term, I'd continue to use SLED, using it in the long term means platform lock-in, higher prices, less features and less freedom. Call me crazy, but funding someone as he tried to screw me doesn't look like a good business plan.

- Gilboa

Edited 2006-11-07 16:09

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