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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//I'll suspend the "War on Windows" >/sarcasm< for a moment and point out that quantity isn't superior to quality, and even if it were, isn't the (no doubt estimated) total number of Windows apps supposed to be in the 300,000 range? And if, as I suspect is likely, there were more apps around for DOS in its heyday, that would mean DOS is a better OS than Windows! There aren't that many people around who would make that claim today!

Besides, where Windows currently wins is in apps that are end-user, desktop, or vertical-applications (as I believe they're called - is that the same as bespoke?)

Currently a lot of the Linux apps I can get my hands on are as good, better-quality, or better value for money than the equivalent Windows apps; but that isn't true for the needs of every user.//

If I ignore your strawman arguments ("War on Windows" and "quantity is superior to quality" ... neither of which I was getting at) and I ignore your unwarranted sarcasm, then the gist of your response here is correct.

However, the gist of what you are saying in no way invalidates the very reason why I brought this topic up in the first place, which was to counterpoint the following perception:
"After all, the reason why people run Windows is because it's where all the apps are".

I still feel that pointing to 20,000+ no-cost, searchable, malware-free packages all installable via the one common interface is a perfectly valid counterpoint to this demonstrably false perception.

There are in fact far, far more viable packages available for Linux than any user could possibly ever hope to use. Not only are they "viable" in the sense that they are guaranteed to do no harm to your system, they are also more accessible to ordinary users to install than are the vast majority of Windows apps.

Windows is not where ALL the apps are.

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