Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Nov 2006 22:56 UTC
Novell and Ximian "Often cast as the peacemaker in free software disputes, Bruce Perens is on the warpath. When we caught up with him, he wasn't in a mood to be charitable to Novell. On Friday the Utah company, which markets the SuSE Linux distribution, revealed that it was entering into a partnership with Microsoft. Redmond would pay Novell an undisclosed sum in return for Novell recognizing Microsoft's intellectual property claims. Novell received a 'Covenant' promising that it wouldn't be sued by Microsoft."It's a case of 'Damn the people who write the software'", he told us. "Novell is in a desperate position - it has a smaller share of the market than Debian,"" he told The Register. Update: Novell responds to community's questions: here, here and here. Update 2: Havoc Pennington's take.
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RE[2]: Not surprising
by eMagius on Wed 8th Nov 2006 01:21 UTC in reply to "RE: Not surprising"
eMagius
Member since:
2005-07-06

Just because you hate MS doesn't mean you're wrong.

Just because you hate MS doesn't mean you're right.

We've seen nothing but pure fearmongering and ad hominem in these Novell/MS threads -- Microsoft is the evil empire, Novell is Judas, Linux is being crucified, anyone who wants hard evidence is a dupe or a moron, et cetera.

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RE[3]: Not surprising
by twenex on Wed 8th Nov 2006 01:50 in reply to "RE[2]: Not surprising"
twenex Member since:
2006-04-21

Microsoft has spent 20+ years employing various anti-competitive tactics. This supposed "new face" of Microsoft is months old at best, so the jury's still out. And the FUDMeister still spinneth.

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RE[4]: Not surprising
by NotParker on Wed 8th Nov 2006 03:22 in reply to "RE[3]: Not surprising"
NotParker Member since:
2006-06-01

Microsoft has spent 20+ years employing various anti-competitive tactics.

Of course you would say that. You think all closed source software is unethical. But in fact, Microsoft has spent 20 years competing. And manyof their competitors shot themselves in the foot.

The classic anti-Microsoft lie is that poor old Netscape was wiped out because Microsft gave away IE ... when the truth is, Netscape stole Mosaic from the University of Illinois and gave it away for free to destroy all the companies that legally licensed the code from Spyglass (the designated company). And Microsoft won the browser war because IE 4 was better than Netscape 4 and Netscape 5 imploded and IE 5 was fantastic.

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RE[3]: Not surprising
by twenex on Wed 8th Nov 2006 01:54 in reply to "RE[2]: Not surprising"
twenex Member since:
2006-04-21

There isn't yet any hard evidence that Microsoft have changed. And since the "auld enemy" to use a Scots expression was using anti-competitive tactics, if they haven't changed that means this agreement is yet more deception.

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