Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 30th Nov 2006 22:51 UTC
Novell and Ximian Novell on Nov. 30 announced its latest NetWare upgrade operating system, the Linux-powered Novell Open Enterprise Server 2. OES, which will be based on Novell's SLES 10, is designed to be a drop-in replacement for Novell NetWare servers, and a direct competitor to Microsoft's Server 2003.
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archiesteel
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2005-07-02

Using words like "Devil", "Cult" and "excommunication" has no place in a rational debate over computing. One can disagree with the Microsoft/Novell deal on rational grounds.

These kind of ad hominem attacks only undermine what little is left of your own credibility. After all, how would you feel if someone described you as a "religious fanatic" from the "Church of Microsoft" conducting an "inquisition" into "FOSS heretics"? Because, honestly, that's what you're starting to sound like.

Drop the strawman arguments and the ad hominem attacks, and maybe your posts won't all end up hidden from the world...

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tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

Agreed, the slavish devotion to OSS dogma has led many people to criticize the Microsoft-Novell deal even though they didn't know the facts. This kind of kneejerk reaction is tantamount to religious fervor, so I think that your description of their behavior as "cultish" is dead-on. That bothers a lot of people because they don't like associating themselves with cults. Cults are invariably self-deluding and self-destructive.

I don't criticize people for choosing whatever software or methodology that they choose. What I criticize are self-deluding beliefs (ie. "Novell has damaged the community" ... "Vista sucks" ... "Microsoft is evil" ... "Open source is better, has fewer bugs, cures cancer, blah, blah, blah" ... etc) that are primarily driven by cultish devotion. Cultists apparently can't see this distinction, and they simply attack anything which questions their dogma. Which is a good reason why people tend to look at them as fanatics -- and why they constantly emit those "Why isn't Linux winning on the desktop?" polemics. It's all about converting the "great unwashed masses" for them. See? The analogy fits perfectly.

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archiesteel Member since:
2005-07-02

If the analogy didn't fit, it wouldn't be so annoying.

Therefore, if you don't like being called a troll, that's because it's true?

I hope you realize that the statement you made is not logically sound... :-)

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