Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Nov 2006 22:56 UTC
Novell and Ximian "Often cast as the peacemaker in free software disputes, Bruce Perens is on the warpath. When we caught up with him, he wasn't in a mood to be charitable to Novell. On Friday the Utah company, which markets the SuSE Linux distribution, revealed that it was entering into a partnership with Microsoft. Redmond would pay Novell an undisclosed sum in return for Novell recognizing Microsoft's intellectual property claims. Novell received a 'Covenant' promising that it wouldn't be sued by Microsoft."It's a case of 'Damn the people who write the software'", he told us. "Novell is in a desperate position - it has a smaller share of the market than Debian,"" he told The Register. Update: Novell responds to community's questions: here, here and here. Update 2: Havoc Pennington's take.
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Will the real MS please stand up?
by griffinme on Tue 7th Nov 2006 23:29 UTC
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I think that it is too early to tell what will happen. Is MS going to be true to their past and use Suse as a tool to beat on the other distributions and spread FUD (see Zune and Play for Sure for a good example of screwing others for their benefit)? Or are we we going to see the new MS that wants to work with Firefox to make it more compatible with Vista, works with Zend to make PHP work better on windows, the other part of the agreement that talks about making the two offices talk better, etc?

Will the real MS please stand up?

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