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[4]: Good for Novell!
by l3v1 on Fri 9th Nov 2007 07:11 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Good for Novell!"
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Why I miss the good ol' days and hope Linux is a failure gaining desktop market share. It'll still be a good desktop for me though ;)

I don't know if we're thinking about the same thing, but I also miss something, which is basically the by coders for coders attitude, without the "enemy" keeping an eye on it ["enemy" ~ closed source company competitors]. In the days which most of today's users would call the dark middle ages of Linux [which they've never seen since they're mostly new Linux users] I mostly felt the developments were great, I loved what I saw, and I wasn't held back by an unpolished GUI and by frequent need to solve issues by hand, since the underlying stuff was nice. These days the line of development mostly is driven by mass average user "demands" which is not a bad thing in itself [well, depending on who those "users" are], since the polish is nice to have, still, we just keep fading the whole Linux/FOSS concept. The MS-raised generation gives less and less f*ck about the ideas behind Linux&co. , and the "get the work done" approach is also strong, but I don't like it being exclusive. You can get the work done and at the same time follow the FOSS ideas, it's no magic.

These days deals like the Novell-MS pact raises less and less eyebrows, moreover there are masses who congratulae the ideas and the prospects what these deals project. This feels sometimes very disturbing, since it reflects their sometimes unrealistic hopes about the possible outcomes of such an agreement, and is not really based on the past behavior of the agreeing parties.

Thing is, and maybe I'm on drugs that I don't know about, I wish we'll see a change in the landscape at least as changing as Linux's appearance caused in the last 1.5 decade, and soon.

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