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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I don't know what to make of this.
by twenex on Mon 6th Nov 2006 18:55 UTC
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2006-04-21

It's SVN's business what distro he uses, and I think if it hadn't been for the patent threat everyone would have been cheering the MS/Novell deal - except of course for the ones who hate Microsoft just because they're Microsoft, and yes, they do exist. And if you're using a licence which allows people to charge for support, then why shouldn't they get a royalty on the support if they have reached a support agreement with another party?

But I think he places too little importance on the GPL - not because it is a free software licence (which yes, is important to me) but because it's a licence. If, for example, RedHat had somehow gotten hold of Windows code and/or started violating the licence by handing copies of Windows w/ source code out free of charge to all comers, wouldn't people (including MS) start bellowing at RH, and wouldn't they (including MS) have a right to? Similarly, I don't think that saying it's ok to violate the GPL, as long as that helps Linux in the short term, will be good either for the GPL, FOSS licences, or licences in general.

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