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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Therefore, this is a perfectly valid argument to use to counter the false "FUD" perception that there is somehow a shoratge of apps for Linux, and that (presumably) users won't move to Linux because they won't be able to run some type of application. That argument is utterly wrong, and 20,000+ packages proves it to be wrong.

If none of these 20,000+ packages provide the RIGHT applications, there is definitely a shortage of the RIGHT applications.
I tried to find usable programs for electronics schematics, layout, and things like that. That can import/export ORCAD schematics and layouts. I didn't find anything that comes even close to ORCAD, even if I don't take into account the import/export requirement.

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