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SUSE & Patent FUD: Who Do We Boycott Now?

Jul 28, 2011, 01:08 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christine Hall)

[ Thanks to brideoflinux for this link. ]

"As originally worded, this patent deal was in complete violation of the GPL and it didn't take a rocket scientist to see that the real purpose here was to sow FUD, pure and simple. Soon afterward, if memory serves, Techrights began the Boycott Novel project to research and document the shenanigans between Microsoft and Novell. They found, of course, plenty of evidence that Novel was not the good open source player they wanted everyone to think they were, even if they did redeem themselves somewhat by their actions in the SCO case.

"At the time Novell struck the deal with Microsoft, they were a relatively new player in the open source world. Three years earlier, in 2003, they separately acquired SUSE and Ximian in moves that seemed to be entirely opportunistic, meant to add sparkle to a once dominant but now aging proprietary software stack by piggybacking it atop popular and trusted Linux."

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