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[4]: Self Defeating
by anda_skoa on Sat 3rd Feb 2007 18:38 UTC 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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RE[5]: Self Defeating
by Hiev on Sat 3rd Feb 2007 18:42 in reply to "RE[4]: Self Defeating"
Hiev Member since:
2005-09-27

tech support or just compatibility?

Customers don't give a damn about compatibilty w/o tech support.

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RE[6]: Self Defeating
by anda_skoa on Sat 3rd Feb 2007 18:50 in reply to "RE[5]: Self Defeating"
anda_skoa Member since:
2005-07-07

tech support or just compatibility?

You'll have to ask HP. Their respective press release says this: "...HP today announced that it has increased Linux distribution support options for customers and expanded its portfolio to include support for Debian Linux..."

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