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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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Another Q/DOS from CP/M story
by sathishmls on Wed 8th Nov 2006 08:08 UTC
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Just imagine the status of Linux, if Section 7 of the GPL is not present. All the tough works dated from 1991 would have been killed by lack of a single section in the license.

Richard Stallman (GNU GPL) is far better than anyone in protecting Free/Open Source Softwares.

In Software Industry, a piece of code is a junk until it gets protection and support with interested people using a good license like GPL.

Corporations like IBM, Microsoft, Novell, ... are famous for Business decisions which will try first to help out the software, then suck profit out from that, bring another competitive product which they will own and kill the original one.


even SCO is seems to fight with Linux, the actual fire of the problem is,

IBM was agreed with SCO to do "Monterey Project", a large 64bit OS Project.later cunningly left SCO, since profit was better from Linux rather than SCO UNIX.

The betrayal is the main cause for the SCO-IBM Lawsuit.

IBM,a large supporter of Software Patents which is/will_be the main killer of Free/Open Source Projects at any time(may be tomorrow or next) will kill Linux, if it finds anything else very profitable.

IBM, bought and killed Informix, a database which might be a problem for their DB2.

Microsoft, sameway killed CP/M (Digital Research), using QDOS, and made MSDOS.

Novell, sameway bought and killed DR-DOS(family of CP/M)

These companies are purely profit minded rather than Free/Open Source philosophies.

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