Linked by David Adams on Tue 13th Dec 2011 03:12 UTC
Editorial I was reading today about how Linux Mint developers altered the Banshee music player source code to redirect affiliate revenue from Amazon music orders to them instead of Banshee. They've reportedly made less than $4, which has caused a kerfluffle among those paying attention to that corner of the world. But it raises a larger point that has been swirling around for a couple of decades: an OS vendor has a lot of power to influence, and even monetize their user base. Where should they draw the line?
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It's possible that I understand the situation incorrectly. I thought of that after the last post so here I'll simply ask some questions. I'll focus on two retail distributions to keep things simple.

Do you have evidence that Red Hat and Novell are actually the same company? The papers of incorporation showing as much would be fine if you have them handy.

Do Red Hat and Novell market RHE and Suse as the same product?

Do Red Hat Enterprise and Suse pull software packages from the same repository?

When you need support for your Red Hat Enterprise server, do you call Novell? Does your Red Hat support contract suggest calling Novell?

When you need support for your Suse Enterprise Server, do you call Red Hat? Does your Novell support contract suggest calling Red Hat?

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