Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 3rd Feb 2007 16:43 UTC, submitted by mwtomlinson
Novell and Ximian The Free Software Foundation is reviewing Novell's right to sell new versions of Linux operating system software after the open-source community criticized Novell for teaming up with Microsoft. "The community of people wants to do anything they can to interfere with this deal and all deals like it. They have every reason to be deeply concerned that this is the beginning of a significant patent aggression by Microsoft," Eben Moglen, the Foundation's general counsel, said on Friday. Update: The FSF claims this is being hyped.
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RE[2]: Self Defeating
by jwwf on Sat 3rd Feb 2007 18:53 UTC in reply to "RE: Self Defeating"
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Huh?? There are a bunch of good reliable GNU/Linux distributions. I know that Mandriva,, and CentOS,, also support enterprise distributions and I'm sure other do.

If there are only two certification programs and there is a demand for more, I'm sure someone will step up and provide that service in this most excellent free market.

You are completely missing the point. It's true that there are other good Linux distributions. It's true that distros like CentOS "support" enterprise software in the sense that it will usually run. Heck, I use and like Ubuntu. But...

If you buy a license for a software package like Oracle or VxVM that costs as much as a car or a house, you also buy a support contract. And that contract is useless unless you install said software on a distro that is supported by the application vendor. If they release a patch that makes the sw stop working on your unsupported distro, too bad. If their techs are busy and don't feel like helping with your unsupported distro, too bad.

As of now, there are only two Linux vendors that are generally validated for by app vendors, RHEL and Novell. If someone else "steps up" and "supports" Oracle on Ubuntu, who cares? Why would you want to save a few grand on the OS, throw away your Oracle support fee, and pay someone else an additional fee?

The best I have seen lately is IBM says Ubuntu 6.06 is "Validated" for DB2 but not "Recommended". Big deal.

I wish it wasn't so. It is.

Edit: fixed goofy italics screw up.

Edited 2007-02-03 18:54

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