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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RE: Microsoft, Novell?
by cmost on Wed 8th Nov 2006 00:16 UTC in reply to "Microsoft, Novell?"
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Are you high? Seriously... If you really believe that Microsoft is all-of-a-sudden all lovey dovey towards the open source community because their "ruling class" has changed then I want some of whatever it is you're smoking. On second thought, no I don't. The leaopard cannot change its spots. Making a deal with Microsoft is like making a deal with the devil. Novell has sold its soul. If nothing else, the negative backlash of their betrayal will see their fortunes dip even further and when MS is tired of waiting for the turn-around, they'll delive the death blow themselves. So long Novell, it was nice knowing you. (P.S. Thanks for XGL!!!)

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