Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Aug 2007 22:32 UTC
Novell and Ximian Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian explained rather than defended his company's deal with Microsoft in his keynote address at the annual LinuxWorld Conference here Aug. 8. "I know our deal with Microsoft is controversial, but it is necessary for our customers who have to deal with both Linux and Windows in their data centers. Virtualization is also going to have to deal with both of those operating systems," he told attendees.
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RE: IMO
by ubit on Fri 10th Aug 2007 05:38 UTC in reply to "IMO"
ubit
Member since:
2006-09-08

Reality check:
Microsoft does not help Linux. Ask yourself, from where does it receive monopoly profits that let it finance other (usually failing, no other company could do that) ventures?

Office and Windows. MS *cannot* help Linux, that would be stupid for them and for their shareholders.

Also, read my post above for why, in fact, the patent issue matters.

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RE[2]: IMO
by Almafeta on Fri 10th Aug 2007 11:53 in reply to "RE: IMO"
Almafeta Member since:
2007-02-22

To amend your reality check:

Microsoft's internal studies have shown that people are using open-source software, and not to the exclusion of closed-source software. Despite the volume of partisans for one system or another (who they can't convert anyway), the majority of people get software because it does something they want or need to do, not for any license that is or isn't attached to it.

At least in a financial sense, it makes sense for Microsoft to work with open-source.

EDIT: Also, because I can't stand this withered old chestnut every time it gets trotted out:

from where does it receive monopoly profits


If Office and Windows have monopolies, then how come all their competitors are so rich?

Edited 2007-08-10 11:55 UTC

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