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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"After all, the reason why people run Windows is because it's where all the apps are; if Linux had all the business apps, and all the games, Windows would be nowhere, because it's technologically inferior and uneconomic in comparison. A Linux application "ecosystem" as healthy as Windows' is would also remove the "advantages" of having one company control the whole software architecture. "


There are over 20,000 packages in the Ubuntu repositories.

All free. All available for download. All guaranteed malware-free.

That is a far healthier application availability "ecosystem" than that on Windows, from an end-user perspective.

Who could afford 20,000 packages on their Windows system?

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