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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//Besides, I don't think you're going to get very far saying 20,000 free apps when Windows ALSO has tons of homebrew free (and even Free) software out there.//

There is no resource available for Windows that gives people access to 20,000 free applications all via the one common searchable interface, and all guaranteed to contain no malware.

There is nothing comparable in the Windows "application ecosystem" to rival this. Nothing comes even close.

If you go searching for "free applications" for Windows on the web, not only will you encounter a horribly haphazard "interface", but after installing just a few you are bound to end up with adware at the least, if not far worse malware.

Read my lips. 20,000 packages for Ubuntu Linux, all installable via the same interface, all searchable in the one place with descriptions, and all guaranteed to be add free and malware free, and all available at zero cost.

The Windows "ecosystem" for applications isn't a patch on this.

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