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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well well
by l3v1 on Wed 8th Nov 2006 08:43 UTC
l3v1
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2005-07-06

He may be right to some extent, and may be wrong to another. Still, from what I see all this Novell-MS performance, one line in Novell's announcement is enough for me to take a comfortable distant position: Microsoft to allow [...] the freedom to continue open source development. Allow ? Whoa, hold your horses.

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