Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Nov 2006 23:05 UTC, submitted by SEJeff
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Mark Shuttleworth is trying to entice OpenSUSE developers to join Ubuntu. "Novell's decision to go to great lengths to circumvent the patent framework clearly articulated in the GPL has sent shockwaves through the community. If you are an OpenSUSE developer who is concerned about the long term consequences of this pact, you may be interested in some of the events happening next week as part of the Ubuntu Open Week."
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RE[2]: Why is proprietary bad?
by tomcat on Sun 26th Nov 2006 18:39 UTC in reply to "RE: Why is proprietary bad?"
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* trust that it won't harm any part of my existing system or data

No, you don't. Security through obscurity doesn't work; therefore, you will KNOW whether your system or data are being harmed.

* trust that it will ONLY what I want it to do

You've personally examined all of the Linux source code? Didn't think so. So, in fact, you really don't know that it's doing what you think it's supposed to be doing. Nor will you *ever* know that, because no one looks at all the source code.

* trust that it will not conflict with other software

Uh, yes, you can: Run the software together. It's that simple.

* be at the mercy of the software vendor for fixes and improvements

Most of whom provide better service than the alternative. Which is why companies that depend upon service go with dedicated service contracts.

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