This clears nothing up - Cleared up now perhaps?
Posted Nov 28, 2006 12:40 UTC (Tue) by gravious
In reply to: This clears nothing up - Cleared up now perhaps?
Parent article: Novell's IRC session on the Microsoft deal
You (and I believe just about everyone else) are missing the real purpose of the deal. Microsoft and Novell have a common enemy and that enemy is Red Hat.
Rubbish: not only are we smarter than you give us credit for, you are wandered off into fantasy land without the rest of us.
1: Novell and Redhat are not enemies. They ceratainly are competitors and the competition may get fierce but I believe the spirit of FOSS binds us all. FOSS has many enemies, Microsoft is just one of them. Microsoft's desktop/office monopoly makes them an enemy of everyone, including FOSS in an economic and polotical kind of way. If Redhat has a propietary enemy it sounds like it could be Oracle.
2: There is room in the server market place for many vendors. What makes you believe that there is only room for one? Prove it. In every fair market there are lots of players. Why should this case be any different?
3: I happen to believe the noises coming out of Novell. I think they are *brain-damaged* possibly to do a deal with Microsoft, of all companies. Though when you think about it, it was inevitable that the Ximian guys were on a collision course with Microsoft the minute they started Mono. Novell has a ton of software, they get a pile of cash. I think they realise by now (what with Ballmer's gleeful crowings - God I can't stand that man, bring back Bill, all is forgiven) that they may have stepped in some doo-doo on the way to greener pastures.
4: You're always going to piss off the extremists.
5: Tell me how any of this will destroy Apache or Samba or the Linux kernel. Get real.
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