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[3]: So sad
by twenex on Sat 3rd Feb 2007 20:24 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: 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.

I hate to break it to you, but millions of computers sold on the basis of their hardware configuration and/or price, which come preinstalled with Windows against the wishes of their purchasers, get wiped by people who want nothing to do with it and installed with some flavour of Linux or BSD.

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.

Well gee, I can do all that on my Linux machine, and the fonts and themese I have on it look better than most Windows machines I see.

All this MS deal will mean, if it is successful, is that MS gets to steal Linux.

Edited 2007-02-03 20:27

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