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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I'm a believer now
by fsckit on Tue 7th Nov 2006 23:47 UTC
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2006-09-24

I've always been pro open source but thought guys like Perens and Stallman were completely irrational about some things. But these are no longer completely rational times are they? After this I'm just not positive I can trust a "corporate" linux vendor anymore and I'm done with shady, might have legal issues, software*. Bring on the Debian or other completely free OS.

*For the record, I hated mono from the beginning. Not necessarily for the free software perspective but from the why the hell would you want to run windows code on a linux box perspective.

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