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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Don't want to pay the MS tax?
by eantoranz on Wed 8th Nov 2006 15:41 UTC
eantoranz
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2005-12-18

People have to pay the MS tax for buying a computer from a PC seller like Dell, HP and so on... even if they don't intend to use Microsoft Products..... and now people have to pay MS so they get a covenant (that maybe they didn't ask for) so MS agrees not to sue them?
So.... you don't want to pay MS tax? Want a short answer? Don't buy SuSE.... I'd go even further: don't even use openSuSE. There are plenty of good free (speechwise, beerwise, without MS tax) waiting for you to use them. Welcome to the jungle. :-D

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