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[5]: Not surprising
by hal2k1 on Wed 8th Nov 2006 03:37 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Not surprising"
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//You think all closed source software is unethical.//

Not at all. There is a vast selection of ethical, quality closed-source software available on the market.

There is just one attribute common to all closed-source software ... and that is that as an end user you have no reliable way to evaluate what is in any given piece of closed-source software, no way to ascertain if it is in fact ethical and quality and value-for-money.

One is forced to look at peripheral attributes of the software to try to evaluate closed-source software. One has try to ascertain if:
(1) the software has good functionality,
(2) the software is good value for its price,
(3) the software competes on its merits with other products and performs well in comparison, and
(4) the software supports documented, open standards so that in using it I can viably move to a competing product if circumstances warrant it, and I can interchange my data with other colleagues who may use a competing product.

Most Microsoft software is characterised by being closed source, by "scoring" relatively well in considerations (1) and (2) above, but failing utterly in considerations (3) and (4) above.

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