Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 3rd Feb 2007 16:43 UTC, submitted by mwtomlinson
Novell and Ximian The Free Software Foundation is reviewing Novell's right to sell new versions of Linux operating system software after the open-source community criticized Novell for teaming up with Microsoft. "The community of people wants to do anything they can to interfere with this deal and all deals like it. They have every reason to be deeply concerned that this is the beginning of a significant patent aggression by Microsoft," Eben Moglen, the Foundation's general counsel, said on Friday. Update: The FSF claims this is being hyped.
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RE[2]: Self Defeating
by t4inted on Sat 3rd Feb 2007 18:16 UTC in reply to "RE: Self Defeating"
t4inted
Member since:
2006-11-24

FFS get real!
Of course there are other distributions, but enterprises don't care. They buy software, from large enterprises. NO company I ever worked for would even consider to user some "voodoo community Linux". Sure, you and me, we know CentOS is 99% Redhat, but this doesn't matter to them. If an enterprise is going for some computer investment they want it protected by some entity they can blame if stuff breaks.

And mandriva ... well, enterprise is basically RedHat and Suse, other are not yet known and trusted enough.

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RE[3]: Self Defeating
by KenJackson on Sat 3rd Feb 2007 18:21 in reply to "RE[2]: Self Defeating"
KenJackson Member since:
2005-07-18

... enterprise is basically RedHat and Suse, other are not yet known and trusted enough.

Well Novell just provided an excellent opportunity for another enterprise distribution to step up and be recognized as companies start to feel nervous about supporting Novell. That's the mechanism of the free market.

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RE[4]: Self Defeating
by anda_skoa on Sat 3rd Feb 2007 18:38 in reply to "RE[3]: Self Defeating"
anda_skoa Member since:
2005-07-07

Well Novell just provided an excellent opportunity for another enterprise distribution to step up and be recognized as companies start to feel nervous about supporting Novell. That's the mechanism of the free market.

Maybe this is one of the reasons HP recently announced full Debian support for their servers

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