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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//Who cares if you have access to 5,123 eMacs clones, or 5,254 desktop managers?//

Faulty generalization.

// or have more than 20,000 applications each. //

Does not address the comment to which you are responding, to whit: "There is no resource available for Windows that gives people access to 20,000 free applications all via the one common searchable interface, and all guaranteed to contain no malware."

Neither nor have those attributes.

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DigitalAxis Member since:

Actually they do have a single searchable interface (one for each site), and one of them (TuCows) does guarantee no malware.

I just went to and searched their system for 'text editors' (something Linux is oft-criticized for having too many of) for Windows and got 2,010 hits (333 freeware, 12 Open Source). As for malware-free: also had an easy-to-find search system that returned 644 text editors (only 169 are actually free vs free to try, though); and C|Net/ makes no guarantee about the accuracy of the description or the product...

These are obviously not the same as a package manager- I get a list of links to file download pages that link me to .exe files; I don't get a description and then the software downloaded and installed with all dependencies managed. Also, some of this software is not guaranteed, and not all of these programs are genuine freeware; a lot are shareware.

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hal2k1 Member since:

//(TuCows) does guarantee no malware.//

This very much depends on your definition.

My definition of malware would include adware and "call-home-ware".

This is, of course, an entirely debatable view.

If I take this definition:
"Malware is software designed to infiltrate or damage a computer system without the owner's informed consent. It is a blend of the words "malicious" and "software". The expression is a general term used by computer professionals to mean a variety of forms of hostile, intrusive, or annoying software or program code."

... then I would include adware as malware on the basis that (to me) it is annoying and intrusive. I'd wager that adware would nevertheless be included in Tucows collection on the basis that it is not (supposedly) malicious.

I'd imagine that a lot of Tucows' software is ad-sponsored and/or collects information and sends it to some statistics/marketing agency.

Incidentally, that would qualify such software as malware under this definition also:

As I say, it very much depends on your definition.

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