Linked by Adam S on Thu 19th Jun 2008 14:47 UTC, submitted by M-Saunders
SuSE, openSUSE A new major release of Novell's community-supported distro openSUSE 11 is now available and can be downloaded from the mirrors. Linux Format has a hands-on look at the new installer, SLAB menu and Compiz Fusion, and weighs up whether the distro can fight competition from Ubuntu and Fedora. Is this the start of a new era for SUSE?
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RE: Comment by satan666
by elsewhere on Fri 20th Jun 2008 05:10 UTC in reply to "Comment by satan666"
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Please stay away from Suse as long as Novell has a patent protection deal with Microsoft. Please do not contribute in any way to a distro that promotes Microsoft's interests in the Open Source world. Do not contribute by using this distro, by filling bug reports, by helping the community, by translating, by packaging, by submitting patches and so on.

I'm sure the folks at Groklaw would be proud of your perceived public service.

The only problem is, that by focusing on an ambiguous claim that has been beaten to death more than any dead horse should ever have to suffer, you have overlooked many other factors.

You forgot to mention that people shouldn't support openSUSE, because of Novell's pesky interference with SCO's lawsuit against IBM over linux infringing unix code.

You also failed to mention that people shouldn't support openSUSE, because of Novell's attempts to thwart the OSS community by making SuSE an open project, GPLing the formerly proprietary Yast, and making multi-million dollar acquisitions simply to GPL products like AppArmor.

Perhaps unsuprisingly, you also failed to mention that people shouldn't support openSUSE because of Novell's heinous actions in support the Open Invention Network, and contributing patents to the community. Their $15M acquisition of the infamous Commerce One patents on e-commerce should not go unpunished, even if it was simply to make them open and accessible to everyone and prevent other companies from acquiring and abusing them for profit.

Most insidiously, with Novell's insistence on paying developers to contribute to core linux projects, such as the kernel, or Gnome, or KDE, or HAL, or openOffice, or whatnot, they are clearly trying to subvert every other linux project on the planet.

No doubt you're going to have to post a plea to Ubuntu users to please not support that distro due to their adoption of AppArmor, a clearly tainted Novell project.

And now that zypper has been ported to Fedora and is being experimented with, you may have to beg people to boycott Fedora soon, too.

Oh, and I almost forgot about compiz. You must be thankful that all of the other distributions failed to see through that charade, and chose not to adopt it by way of showing their disdain for the evil empire.

Fight the power!

Do you really feel better now? Because it's really sad if you do.

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