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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//(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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