Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 1st Aug 2006 17:50 UTC, submitted by Moulinneuf
Novell and Ximian In a change of heart, Novell has ceased distributing proprietary software modules such as 3D video drivers that plug into the Linux kernel. The change came with Novell's Suse Linux Enterprise Server 10, released in July. With the move, Novell is aligning itself with the Free Software Foundation, which shuns proprietary software in general but in particular loathes proprietary modules that run as a component of the open-source Linux kernel.
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RE[4]: Bad decision
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 1st Aug 2006 21:36 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Bad decision"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

The word "ban" means you can't use said item at all, under any circumstances.

There are more words in the headline than just "to ban". You see, sentences, even crippled ones like headlines usually are, constitute of a sucject, a verb, and an object. You imply the "you" as the subject, but it is not. "Novell" is.

The key word here is Novell. Novell has removed all proprietary modules from its Linux products. By saying that Novell has banned proprietary modules, it is ment to convey the message that Novell, under no circumstances, will be shipping proprietary modules.

That has NOTHING to do with Novell's users, since they do not appear as part of the sentence. You would have a point if the headline had said: "Novell Bans Proprietary Modules for All Users and Makes it Impossible to Install Them by Making Your Computer Explode As Soon As You Type 'modprobe'.

Get it?

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RE[5]: Bad decision
by subterrific on Tue 1st Aug 2006 22:05 in reply to "RE[4]: Bad decision"
subterrific Member since:
2005-07-10

The headline is a bit sensationalist and makes the reader think Novell is banning use of proprietary modules with their distribution. This is the author trying to grab the readers attention. If the headline was something bland and informative like "Closed Modules Removed From Novell Linux, Still Installable", would you have even read the article? I wouldn't have.

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RE[5]: Bad decision
by kernelpanicked on Wed 2nd Aug 2006 00:02 in reply to "RE[4]: Bad decision"
kernelpanicked Member since:
2006-02-01

Ya know Thom, you and Eugenia really need to allow your posts to be moderated, if you're going to insist on posting inflammatory comments on every article. I post things that are not exactly P.C. all the time, but at least I have the nerve to handle the consequences of my own actions.

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RE[6]: Bad decision
by linux-it on Wed 2nd Aug 2006 14:44 in reply to "RE[5]: Bad decision"
linux-it Member since:
2006-07-13

and I fully agree with that !

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v RE[5]: Bad decision
by h_t_r on Wed 2nd Aug 2006 05:18 in reply to "RE[4]: Bad decision"