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 twenex on Wed 8th Nov 2006 00:20 UTC in reply to "Microsoft, Novell?"
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I thought as well that this was the end. It's not. There's a new ruling class at Microsoft. They have
changed. Believe me people learn from mistakes!

I believe you mean "some people learn from mistakes"; others clearly don't. Microsoft certainly have; Novell arguably haven't.

The fact that MS has "learnt from its mistakes" does NOT inevitably mean "it has learnt to cooperate with the FOSS community (or anyone else)". It could just as well mean, "It has learnt from its mistakes on trying to combat Linux, and is now trying to subvert it by appearing to co-opt it". The Molotov-Ribbentropp Pact comes to mind: [Appear to] make peace with your enemies now, so that you may be in a stronger position to declare war on them later.

Microsoft stated that they need to work together with open source projects. It's for their and our benefit.

They also stated they needed to work together with IBM to create OS/2. And with Sendo, and so on.

Microsoft may mean it this time. But it is far, far too early to tell. And given the fact that the CEO is currently one-half of the two man team that crushed CP/M, OS/2, et al., I'm not hopeful.

I always say, if you don't like it the GNU/HURD OS project still needs help!

If this deal turns sour, it may well spell a new beginning for the HURD, hopefully under GPL3 to avoid all this patent nonsense (to borrow someone's apt phrase) that will cause trouble (if trouble there will be) in the first place.

Also, Linus Torvalds will go from open-source hero to Most-Hated Dupe. Even more so than Miguel de Icaza (if he is a dupe and not a mole).

Edited 2006-11-08 00:21

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