Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 2nd Feb 2007 11:30 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Novell and Ximian When Novell and Microsoft announced their unlikely partnership, a part of the arrangement that got little attention at the time was that they'd create a joint research facility, where both company's technical experts would collaborate on new joint software solutions. Now, they're staffing up.
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twenex
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2006-04-21

The patent deal is useless as wel know so no words anymore about that.

Let me link that up with why i support free (as opposed to open source) software.

In a perfect world, ridiculous patents like Apple's on a maximize button on a window would get nowhere. Also, people would not use the loophole in open source to create proprietary extensions to software that encourage vendor lockin.

However, this is the real world, not a perfect one. In the real world, the party in a lawsuit with the best lawyers wins, and that usually means the party with the deepest pockets. Linux has many things, but even collectively, deep pockets is not one of them. Microsoft may be crap at many things, but winning lawsuits is not one of them. Also, in this imperfect world, the reason why some companies favour open source software instead of free software is precisely BECAUSE they can take the non-proprietary work of others and make a proprietary product out of it, locking customers in and people who have created good, hard work out.

Microsoft may have "realized that Linux is not going away," but don't you believe for one second that if it sees a chance to pwn it, it will not take it. And having, unlike SCO, some business (as opposed to software) talent, and deep pockets, it will inevitably win.

The only way to protect yourself in this environment is to use non-Novell software, because if Microsoft have to sue only 10% of their Linux-using customers to get what they want, they will win. If they have to sue over 50%, however, they will just end up looking as daft as SCO.

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