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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//I tried to find usable programs for electronics schematics, layout, and things like that. That can import/export ORCAD schematics and layouts. I didn't find anything that comes even close to ORCAD, even if I don't take into account the import/export requirement.//

This is true for some vertical-market applications.

For the particular case you mention, this is about it:

However, there exist other vertical-market areas in which Windows is the platform with a dearth of really viable solutions.

Here is one such area:

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