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[6]: Not surprising
by NotParker on Wed 8th Nov 2006 04:32 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Not surprising"
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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.

Then I would have to say you are very ignorant.

Point #3: Since Microsoft doesn't give aways its server tools, the billions in revenue totally contradicts what you say. Maybe you could come up with specific examples - but you are biased anyway.

Point #4: There is no point arguing #4 if you think as you do about point #3. You are hopelessly biased.

When it comes to value I always keep this in mind: Most people would rather pay 5$ for a pirated CD of Office or Windows even when they can run Linux or OpenOffice for free.

Most people, when they buy a PC with Linux installed on it, replaces that install with a pirated copy of Windows. (Gartner study).

Microsoft software is great value for the money.

And it was Twenex who thinks all closed source software is unethical. I happen to think most cultists agree with him.

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