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[5]: Not surprising
by twenex on Wed 8th Nov 2006 12:54 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Not surprising"
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Plenty companies make closed-source software, and yes, I do think that is unethical. But I don't badmouth them the way I badmouth Microsoft. Why? Because not all of them make abominable software at high prices, lie to their customers, and crush all opposition. Then again, it's blindly obvious nothing at all is ever going to change your mind, so keep on lying to yourself.

It's really quite pathetic.

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