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: So sad
by rayiner on Sat 3rd Feb 2007 19:21 UTC in reply to "So sad"
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... and then the same people ask themselves why every year is not the year of desktop Linux. If they push away companies interested in building something on top of Linux, Desktop Linux will remain exactly what it is now: a hobby OS, with no mainstream support.

What alternate reality to do you live in? Linux is a multi-billion dollar product for a number of very big companies. Desktop Linux has comparable market-share to OS X. Even back in 2004, HP was shipping 100,000 desktop Linux machines per quarter, accounting for hundreds of millions in revenues. It's used on the desktops of movie studios from Weta and ILM to Disney, and millions of machines worldwide are being transitioned to it in the government sector. Linux went "mainstream" a decade ago. It is now the #2 client/server OS in the world.

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