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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So sad
by pandronic on Sat 3rd Feb 2007 19:11 UTC
pandronic
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2006-05-18

... and then the same people ask themselves why every year is not the year of desktop Linux. If they push away companies interested in building something on top of Linux, Desktop Linux will remain exactly what it is now: a hobby OS, with no mainstream support.

I've tested openSUSE 10.2 recently and I can honestly say that it is the first distribution that made me, even if only for a day or two, think that I could switch to Linux. And do you think that it's because of the community behind openSUSE? No, it's because of Novell. It's the same story as with OpenOffice. First thank Sun for it, and then the community.

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RE: So sad
by Hiev on Sat 3rd Feb 2007 19:13 in reply to "So sad"
Hiev Member since:
2005-09-27

+10 you are so right.

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RE: So sad
by rayiner on Sat 3rd Feb 2007 19:21 in reply to "So sad"
rayiner Member since:
2005-07-06

... and then the same people ask themselves why every year is not the year of desktop Linux. If they push away companies interested in building something on top of Linux, Desktop Linux will remain exactly what it is now: a hobby OS, with no mainstream support.

What alternate reality to do you live in? Linux is a multi-billion dollar product for a number of very big companies. Desktop Linux has comparable market-share to OS X. Even back in 2004, HP was shipping 100,000 desktop Linux machines per quarter, accounting for hundreds of millions in revenues. It's used on the desktops of movie studios from Weta and ILM to Disney, and millions of machines worldwide are being transitioned to it in the government sector. Linux went "mainstream" a decade ago. It is now the #2 client/server OS in the world.

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RE[2]: So sad
by pandronic on Sat 3rd Feb 2007 20:00 in reply to "RE: So sad"
pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

Well, I'm sure that my local PC Store can put FreeDos or Linux on your new system if you want to scrape a few bucks off the price, and then you go home and put your old Windows on it, or take the latest version from your favorite warez site. I know a lot of people do that. Sure, technically, in this case, you can add 1000$ (the price of the system) to your multi-billion figures.

As a long time Windows user, I ventured into the Linux world with the hope of getting a free replacement OS for Windows. After a few years, all I could accomplish was to set up some boxes with OpenOffice and Firefox for the most basic office needs. I started with an open mind, set to give Linux a fair chance, but I'm getting sick of meddling around with configuration files, goggling all day long to find out how to share a stinking folder, or reading endless forums to figure out the simplest of tasks. In my opinion Linux is either flawed, or designed for people with far more time than me ... or both.

Companies like Novell have proven to bring exactly what Linux lacked: a bit of logic and user-friendliness.

Excuse me if I like to play MP3s, view WMVs correctly, use Windows fonts, use my video card at all its potential, open DOCs reliably and so on. This is the only chance that Linux gets from me, and I applaud Novell for making a deal with MS, if that means even a 1% improvement in user experience.

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