Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Aug 2009 10:43 UTC
SuSE, openSUSE SUSE Linux used to be a very KDE-centric distribution. Then Novell came around, bought SUSE and Ximian, and slowely but surely they turned the now-openSUSE distribution into effectively a GNOME-centric distribution with KDE as its sidekick. The openSUSE community, however, doesn't appear to be particularly happy with KDE being a sidekick.
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The only negative effect I see is that it questioned the legality of whether linux infringes on Microsoft's Intellectual Property.

By getting involved in agreements to not to sue each other involving patents and what not it gave Microsoft more clout (true or not, IANAL) that linux does infringe on MS's IP. So politically and legally it just raised some eyebrows.

Technologically speaking, the deal has been has been harmless, in Novell's case it has probably been beneficial.

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