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]: So sad
by pandronic on Sat 3rd Feb 2007 20:00 UTC in reply to "RE: So sad"
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Well, I'm sure that my local PC Store can put FreeDos or Linux on your new system if you want to scrape a few bucks off the price, and then you go home and put your old Windows on it, or take the latest version from your favorite warez site. I know a lot of people do that. Sure, technically, in this case, you can add 1000$ (the price of the system) to your multi-billion figures.

As a long time Windows user, I ventured into the Linux world with the hope of getting a free replacement OS for Windows. After a few years, all I could accomplish was to set up some boxes with OpenOffice and Firefox for the most basic office needs. I started with an open mind, set to give Linux a fair chance, but I'm getting sick of meddling around with configuration files, goggling all day long to find out how to share a stinking folder, or reading endless forums to figure out the simplest of tasks. In my opinion Linux is either flawed, or designed for people with far more time than me ... or both.

Companies like Novell have proven to bring exactly what Linux lacked: a bit of logic and user-friendliness.

Excuse me if I like to play MP3s, view WMVs correctly, use Windows fonts, use my video card at all its potential, open DOCs reliably and so on. This is the only chance that Linux gets from me, and I applaud Novell for making a deal with MS, if that means even a 1% improvement in user experience.

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