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and does it influnce its use in Open Source
Does this protect Mono from Microsoft?
Posted Nov 3, 2006 21:15 UTC (Fri) by gravious (guest, #7662)
Though I do not use Suse I have seen nothing that would indicate Novell is anything but keen on expanding it's role in the Open Source world. I think caution is wise but the amount of nay-sayers on LWN is a bit depressing at times. Oracle/RedHat - good riddance RH! MS/Novell - good riddance Novell! Just remember all the passionate Open Source/Free Software people these companies employ - they must have some influence on their future directions. Let's not keep yelling "The sky is falling!" every time a commercial deal is struck.
I genuinely believe nothing can stem the flow of one of the most altruistic movements I know. Between the Open Content and Open Source we will pry the fruits of our labour from the greedy hands of those whose sole aim in life is the headlong pursuit of Mammon. You know, their is no end to this struggle (I believe that fervently!) We are just a continuation of any movement that values collaboration/cooperation and sharing more than proprietary gain. Nobody walks blindfolded into a deal with MS these days unless they missed the last 15 years of computing which Novell obviously have not considering they swallowed up arguably the second best distribution out there - barring the rise of Ubuntu.
In other news, have you seen MS has shared source all 3.9 million lines of the new Win CE? Now _that_ is news and a genuinely competitive move to cut off Linux in the embedded space
Posted Nov 6, 2006 8:46 UTC (Mon) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
They've done more to hurt Microsoft's sales then anything else coming out of Linux other then the Linux kernel itself.
Posted Nov 6, 2006 21:04 UTC (Mon) by gravious (guest, #7662)
I thought Samba was completely reverse engineered so it should be okay. Also Sun can and will defend oo.org, Novell is smaller than Sun - I say Mono was giving their lawyers the screaming wotsits!
1 - http://us5.samba.org/samba/ftp/samba4/
Posted Nov 6, 2006 16:18 UTC (Mon) by dbreakey (guest, #1381)
Novell isn't really the problem here (I mean, seriously, from a purely business perspective, this makes perfect sense). The question is—what the heck is Microsoft planning to do to take advantage of this?
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