Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 6th Nov 2006 18:26 UTC
Novell and Ximian "Someone just asked me whether, now that Novell's become buddies with Microsoft, I'll be turning away from Novell/SUSE as one of my favorite Linux distributions. My answer is no. I'm sticking with SUSE Linux on both my desktops and servers. Here's why."
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by KenJackson on Mon 6th Nov 2006 18:47 UTC
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In other words, before throwing out the baby of a great Linux distribution with the bathwater of open-source political correctness, I want to see how Novell's role in all this plays out.

That's a good line, and not altogether unreasonable.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. What I like isn't proprietary or open-source software. What I like is software that works, and works well. And, by that pragmatic yardstick, SLED is still the desktop to beat, in my book.

Very pragmatic. I'm not a SUSE user, so I can't comment on how it works, but I find this viewpoint to be reasonable.

Also, he didn't say this, but the mass abandonment a favorite distro is a powerful weapon which shouldn't be shouldered lightly. It would be better if users wait until Microsoft or Novel does something abhorrent and then abandon SUSE en mass to drive home the point.

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by r_a_trip on Tue 7th Nov 2006 20:01 in reply to "OK"
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The people considering to drop Novell, are driving home a clear enough point. They don't like Microsoft from an ideological standpoint and they don't like anything that is peripherally connected with MS.

I personally suspect something abhorrent to happen regardless of Novell's intentions. This is to good an opportunity for MS to wield the FUD stick and actually have some real fear in the FUD. This could very well be the start of the cold patent war.

I won't be dropping Novell again though. I already dropped SuSE the moment Novell became their steward. Failing companies make bad long term prospects.

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