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Linux Magazine: Whither the SUSE Exodus? Novell's Linux Business Soars

Mar 10, 2007, 01:00 (23 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bryan Richard)

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"The Open Source community has had the opportunity to be extremely vocal of late. With the Vista launch, and Dell's IdeaStorm suggestion box website they've had ample chance to flex their feedback muscles. Still neither of these recent events compares to the sheer outrage that the Microsoft-Novell pact received last year. But as Novell proved last week, this was an instance of the community being more loud than correct.

"When Microsoft and Novell announced their partnership last year the OSS community blasted the pact as a deal with the devil, expressed serious concerns over patent language in the agreement, and vowed to drop the use of the distribution en masse. Finally, the outrage reached a crescendo when Samba project lead, Jeremy Allison, left the company, saying, 'Whilst the Microsoft patent agreement is in place there is nothing we can do to fix community relations. And I really mean nothing...'"

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