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[2]: Microsoft, Novell?
by somebody on Wed 8th Nov 2006 00:28 UTC in reply to "RE: Microsoft, Novell?"
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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!!!)

Well, even before their FAQ about the deal I wasn't sure. But now I'm even more questioning my self if people (including me) jumped on the conclusion too fast. And I wasn't really worried after more facts popped up even before their FAQ.

Novell only lacks two things to explain, primary choice OIN or MS and labeling linux with FUD stickers after the original announcement went trough. Although FUD stickers seem to be silenced, we can surely expect them from MS, it is a real PR WMD-FUD.

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