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[7]: Not surprising
by Xaero_Vincent on Wed 8th Nov 2006 04:46 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Not surprising"
Xaero_Vincent
Member since:
2006-08-18

> Most people, when they buy a PC with Linux installed on > it, replaces that install with a pirated copy of
> Windows. (Gartner study).

And some go out of their way to get a refund for the OS they don't want.

http://www.linuxworld.com/news/2006/110706-dell-windows.html

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RE[8]: Not surprising
by NotParker on Wed 8th Nov 2006 06:23 in reply to "RE[7]: Not surprising"
NotParker Member since:
2006-06-01

http://news.com.com/2100-1016_3-5388863.html

Just to back up my reference.

"Around 80 percent of the time, Linux will be removed for a pirated copy of Windows. Pirated copies sell for around $1 in the streets of Shanghai and other cities in Asia and Eastern Europe, but can also be bought in stores selling brand name PCs."

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