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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Actually they do have a single searchable interface (one for each site), and one of them (TuCows) does guarantee no malware.

I just went to and searched their system for 'text editors' (something Linux is oft-criticized for having too many of) for Windows and got 2,010 hits (333 freeware, 12 Open Source). As for malware-free: also had an easy-to-find search system that returned 644 text editors (only 169 are actually free vs free to try, though); and C|Net/ makes no guarantee about the accuracy of the description or the product...

These are obviously not the same as a package manager- I get a list of links to file download pages that link me to .exe files; I don't get a description and then the software downloaded and installed with all dependencies managed. Also, some of this software is not guaranteed, and not all of these programs are genuine freeware; a lot are shareware.

Edited 2006-11-08 04:17

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