Linked by David Adams on Thu 20th Nov 2008 04:26 UTC
Novell and Ximian Two years ago, Microsoft and Novell inked a landmark deal on patents and Linux-to-Windows interoperability. According to Microsoft and Novell, it's a deal that has shown dramatic momentum in its second year, with a triple digit percentage increase in customers for a total tally of more than 200 customers. "I was surprised at the number of over 200 customers, so I actually went back and double checked it just to make sure," Susan Heystee, General Manager for Global Strategic Alliances at Novell told InternetNews.com. "That represents over 250 percent growth in terms of the number of customers that are part of the partnership which is really great. A real positive surprise has been the great customer momentum."
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RE: Good for them.
by Phocean on Thu 20th Nov 2008 07:45 UTC in reply to "Good for them."
Phocean
Member since:
2007-07-07

I'm happily using one of their operating systems : OpenSuse. Why not ?

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RE[2]: Good for them.
by UltraZelda64 on Thu 20th Nov 2008 08:23 in reply to "RE: Good for them."
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

I'm happily using one of their operating systems : OpenSuse. Why not ?

Why not? Well, that's for you decide. But I, personally, don't agree with their patent "protection" crap (especially when it deals with a certain company in Redmond, WA). If you do, then good for you. openSUSE may very well be what you're looking for. [Though to be fair, openSUSE may not be subject to the same crap SUSE Linux Enterprise is. Even so, their offering is far too bloated for my machine and against my tastes.]

Edited 2008-11-20 08:29 UTC

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RE[3]: Good for them.
by Phocean on Thu 20th Nov 2008 09:03 in reply to "RE[2]: Good for them."
Phocean Member since:
2007-07-07

The last OpenSuse is far from being bloated at all, and all the community should look at it seriously.
It is polished, stable and succeed where Ubuntu still fails : stable set up tools, no need of the terminal.

That's why I would only recommend Suse to beginners.
And even if I am a power user, I appreciate to have a user-friendly linux as a desktop and focus on the real work.

Honnestly, there is really too much noise about the agreements, that anyway don't concern OpenSuse.
Stop the troll, turn the page.

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RE[3]: Good for them.
by Googol on Thu 20th Nov 2008 12:24 in reply to "RE[2]: Good for them."
Googol Member since:
2006-11-24

How many times have we been through this by now? Novell doesn't equate Suse OS. You can not name one project that is key to Linux where Novell is not involved and if you don't want to use their work than you must stop using any Linux. Can you please report back to the forum that you stop using Linux as of now?

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RE[3]: Good for them.
by DrillSgt on Thu 20th Nov 2008 13:55 in reply to "RE[2]: Good for them."
DrillSgt Member since:
2005-12-02

"Why not? Well, that's for you decide. But I, personally, don't agree with their patent "protection" crap (especially when it deals with a certain company in Redmond, WA)."

Okay, what about Sun's patent protection crap for OpenDocument, which they hold the patent on? Sun also has a covenant not to sue with OASIS, which is required to become a standard. Glad you do not use the OpenDocument format then. Or maybe it is a double standard and is okay as long as it is not Microsoft signing such a deal?

http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/office/ipr.php

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RE[3]: Good for them.
by pixel8r on Fri 21st Nov 2008 03:19 in reply to "RE[2]: Good for them."
pixel8r Member since:
2007-08-11

"I'm happily using one of their operating systems : OpenSuse. Why not ?

Why not? Well, that's for you decide. But I, personally, don't agree with their patent "protection" crap (especially when it deals with a certain company in Redmond, WA). If you do, then good for you. openSUSE may very well be what you're looking for. [Though to be fair, openSUSE may not be subject to the same crap SUSE Linux Enterprise is. Even so, their offering is far too bloated for my machine and against my tastes.]
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So many misinformed people out there...

the "patent protection" crap - doesn't cover openSUSE.

So any reasoning for not using opensuse based on that is misinformed.

After using ubuntu for 6 months I'm back with openSUSE just because I prefer KDE and openSUSE does KDE best IMO (kubuntu was way too unstable).

Use whatever distro you like, by all means, but claiming openSUSE is somehow less free than any of the other "commercially backed" distro's (including ubuntu) is just not true.

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RE[3]: Good for them.
by KugelKurt on Fri 21st Nov 2008 19:30 in reply to "RE[2]: Good for them."
KugelKurt Member since:
2005-07-06

I, personally, don't agree with their patent "protection" crap

I don't either, but at least Novell is employing many contributing FOSS developers. openSUSE also has the best KDE support out there.

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