Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 8th Nov 2007 17:33 UTC, submitted by WillM
In the News One year after sealing their surprise alliance, Novell and Microsoft have announced an expansion of their technical collaboration to 'link together the existing Windows and Linux frameworks'. The firms will extend their existing collaboration to focus on virtualisation, standards-based management, directory and identity federation and document format compatibility. As part of this process, Microsoft said that both companies are 'now working closely' at the Microsoft and Novell Interoperability Lab in Massachusetts.
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RE[2]: Good for Novell!
by elsewhere on Fri 9th Nov 2007 05:21 UTC in reply to "RE: Good for Novell!"
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rabid 16 year old fanboys who see their OS as a religion

I don't think it's just about 16 y.o. fanboys. There ought to be a philosophy behind Linux and many believe Novell has betrayed it.

Yet the people that want a philosophy behind Linux generally aren't the ones actually writing the code and making the investments.

That's coming from corporate donors. The kernel, the GNU toolchain, Gnome, Xorg etc. are all far more dependent upon paid development support from corporate interests than they are on grassroots OSS developers.

The community has been enjoying the largesse of corporate welfare, while the corporate interests have been enjoying the benefit of community support. So far it's been a good balance.

I'm a strong proponent of the strength behind the reciprocal development model we see in most OSS projects, but I don't bend a knee to the altar of the four freedoms. I respect the work the OSS community has accomplished and am grateful for it, but I can't help thinking that the biggest threat to the future of linux comes not from evil proprietary software companies, but from the zealotry against the very same corporate interests that the community is dependent upon.

Linus created linux and has stated ad nauseum that his interests lie in the power of the shared development model, not the four freedoms. Novell has done nothing to betray this, in fact they have contributed far more than many of those that complain the loudest.

There is a philosophy behind linux, it just doesn't seem to be in line with what many of the more zealous free software advocates would like, and so they do protest. That's where the core issue lies.

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