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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If I ignore your strawman arguments ("War on Windows" and "quantity is superior to quality" ... neither of which I was getting at) and I ignore your unwarranted sarcasm, then the gist of your response here is correct.

The "war on Windows" comment was in reference to other things I've been accused of in this item. And in no way was I saying that "quantity is superior to quality".

However, the gist of what you are saying in no way invalidates the very reason why I brought this topic up in the first place, which was to counterpoint the following perception:
"After all, the reason why people run Windows is because it's where all the apps are".

I still feel that pointing to 20,000+ no-cost, searchable, malware-free packages all installable via the one common interface is a perfectly valid counterpoint to this demonstrably false perception.

saying "it's where all the apps are" does not mean that no other OS has any apps, unless you interpret it in the most literal sense - which plainly isn't the one I was getting at. Nor does the fact that any distribution has access to 20.000 apps invalidate the fact that in Windows there are more apps, serving more varied needs

There are in fact far, far more viable packages available for Linux than any user could possibly ever hope to use. Not only are they "viable" in the sense that they are guaranteed to do no harm to your system, they are also more accessible to ordinary users to install than are the vast majority of Windows apps.

Obviously no Linux user is going to use all 20,000 apps. The fact that no Windows user is going to use all estimated 300,000 apps either in no way invalidates the fact that for Windows there are more apps, and their uses are more varied.

Windows is not where ALL the apps are.

The intent of my statement was quite plainly that for Windows there are more apps, and there uses are more varied.

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