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 think you should ask yourself who would want 20,000 programmes on their system.

Not many. People aren't going to use Linux just because you tell them there are 20,000 free programmes available. I know people who have been using Windows for about a decade and have never installed any programme, they just use what came with windows. //


There are more than enough applications. No-one is ever going to use 20,000+ applications.

Therefore, the original argument, against which this point was originally raised, is very effectively refuted by this observation.

The original argument was that "people wouldn't use Linux because all of the applications were available for Windows". The point that there are 20,000+ packages for Linux, thoroughly covering every conceivable application area, more applications than anyone could possibly ever use, perfectly refutes that original claim.

"until Adobe starts selling Linux versions of their apps (along with the Macromedia ones) and I can open an MS word file and have appear exactly they way the person who sent it to me intended I'm not switching to Linux."

This is of course your choice. You are saying that you have hopelessly locked yourself in to a single source supplier.

Given the poor behavior that your supplier exhibits, especially to its end customers, and given your workload and overhead in trying to keep your systems "clean", I do feel very sorry for you.

Edited 2006-11-08 07:25

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