Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 8th Nov 2007 17:33 UTC, submitted by WillM
In the News One year after sealing their surprise alliance, Novell and Microsoft have announced an expansion of their technical collaboration to 'link together the existing Windows and Linux frameworks'. The firms will extend their existing collaboration to focus on virtualisation, standards-based management, directory and identity federation and document format compatibility. As part of this process, Microsoft said that both companies are 'now working closely' at the Microsoft and Novell Interoperability Lab in Massachusetts.
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RE: Good for Novell
by Teknoenie on Thu 8th Nov 2007 21:13 UTC
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First off, what has the Microsoft/Novell deal done to better the GNU/Linux community? Forking OpenOffice to include MS proprietary features? Quite frankly I've seen little if any "benefit" at all from the deal.

Secondly, calling people who believe in their personal freedoms fan-boys or OS religion freaks is just plain rude. I believe strongly, that I should not have to rely on some company to provide support or features for the hardware and software that I buy. I believe that the Open Source/Free Software (specifically the GPL) model is the best model to ensure that the code generated by the community (although I also quite like the BSD license) can be made better by the community and thus everyone benefits.

Third, when people send me MS Word or Excel files, or even MP3s and Windows Media Videos I point them to other open formats such as PDF or ODF or Ogg Vorbis and Ogg Theora. I outline the applications that can be used to create them and where they can find them and I find this to be the only way to raise peoples awareness that alternatives exist. Always taking into account whenever possible that the applications also be cross platform so as to not force them to use my choice of operating system.

Finally, while I believe what I wrote above, I must also be pragmatic. I run 5 labs dealing with HPC and high end visualization. I must support closed source software, drivers and proprietary hardware. I don't like having to do that, and every chance I get I question whether the requested item is a necessity or whether it can be accomplished using other "open" tools.

I am not a fan boy, OS religious freak, I believe in open source, free software and the sharing of knowledge to benefit all. I am unwilling to compromise my belief at home (where I use OSS/FS exclusively). I vote with my pocketbook and so don't support, condone or recommend proprietary formats. Even though I do this, oddly enough, I'm still able to get "real work" done.

I have not insulted your apparent willingness to deal with the broken systems that you so readily agree to deal with and your beliefs that "it's just the way it is". Please don't insult mine.

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