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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You're basically arguing that ethics are bad

It depends.

If your ethics are "Do No Harm" then I have no problem with it. If your ethics are "Do No Harm except to scumbag companies who sign agreements with Microsoft" then I have an objection.

Do you understand the difference?

So ... tell me about FOSS ethics.

PS And, to be clear, if your ethic is "Do No Harm" and you do do harm, then I will point it out as hypocritical.

Edited 2006-12-01 20:08

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archiesteel Member since:

It depends.

That's not what you said in your previous post. You clearly stated that people who believe that some things are morally wrong and some others morally right are cultists. I'm not inventing this. At least admit that you didn't clearly formulate what you were trying to say.

Now, regarding the MS/Novell deal, I myself have nothing against it *per se*, however given MS's past history of aggression and harassment of Linux and FOSS, I think it's only wise to be wary. Ballmer's statments following the deal are a good example of why people mistrust Microsoft.

My ethics are more along the lines of "live and let live." Since MS has, in the past, often showed that they do not abide by those principles when Linux/FOSS is concerned, then one can only conclude that it is *their* position which is unethical.

Do you really believe that MS follows a "Do No Harm" philosophy? Does "Linux is a cancer" ring a bell?

So ... tell me about FOSS ethics.

I believe they can be easily summed up as "source code should be free and open." There you go.

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