Microsoft: Novell is toast and the patent Juggernaut rolls on
Dec 29, 2010, 19:32 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gary Richmond)
"The end of 2010 has been interesting. Mass defections from
Oracle's OpenOffice team and the software is ported as LibreOffice.
Then Mark Shuttleworth announces that Wayland is in, Xorg is out
and Unity will be the next Ubuntu desktop. I was just getting my
head around all that when the newswires started humming again with
the news that Novell had been sold. I experienced a strong sense of
deja vu and began to wonder if this was going to be a reprise of
Sun's sale to Oracle and the forking of OpenOffice, one of the
crown jewels of GNU/Linux. The premise of this article, to
paraphrase an American general, is that old software never dies, it
just gets forked. The question therefore is: is OpenSUSE safe and
what is Microsoft up to? Lots of questions. Any answers?
"First, I have to admit that I last used SUSE at version 9.3.
Once Novell made their grubby little patent deal with Microsoft in
2006 I jumped ship. I wasn't the only one. You may sup with the
Devil but even with the precaution of using a very long spoon,
contamination is inevitable. In fairness to Novell, they developed
a symbiotic relationship with OpenSUSE in a manner similar to Red
Hat's relationship to Fedora (Core). They were mutually beneficial
relationships but Red Hat has never done an Oracle or a Novell. So,
* Why did Novell sell?"
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