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 think its also the reason that previous rules in the software world don't apply. Microsoft can't come in and take over, its simply not legally possible.

But can msft litigate linux out of existance? Why do you think msft funded the scox-scam? Ballmer essentially commented that any linux vendor who doesn't play ball with msft is open for a lawsuit.

Furthermore, msft was claiming, at least as early as 2002 that msft was going to use litigation to crush linux. Here is something ripped from

Halloween VII. ESR got it in early November 2002. It is an analysis of a survey MS commissioned on the perception of Linux in the market.

A few interesting bits:

“Linux patent violations/risk of being sued” struck a chord with US and Swedish respondents. Seventy-four percent (74%) of Americans and 82% of Swedes stated that the risk of being sued over Linux patent violations made them feel less favorable towards Linux. This was the only message that had a strong impact with any audience.

Messages that rely on an abstract discussion of intellectual property rights are not effective.

* The discussion of IP rights needs to be tied to concrete actions.
* Note that as with the International Government Elite Survey (IGES) project, here respondents do not see the connection between Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and a strong technology industry.

It's been my contention for some time that with this floating around in late 2002, either someone on the SCO side heard about it and contacted MS or vice versa. I'm glad they did too because otherwise MS might have launched some patent petards back then. Instead someone chose the stupidest group for the weakest IP attack that MS could sponsor. The net result has been to allay those IP fears.

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