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TheRingmaster
November 8th, 2006, 03:59 PM
check this artice out.

Novell gets $348 million from Microsoft :: OSDir.com :: Open Source, Linux News & Software (http://osdir.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=9481)

chaosgeisterchen
November 8th, 2006, 04:07 PM
Nice. As long as they spend it on improving Linux...

EdThaSlayer
November 8th, 2006, 05:46 PM
They should use that money to help and improve Linux!

darkhatter
November 8th, 2006, 05:55 PM
they will use the money to improve Linux, I'm starting to feel a lot better now.

an.echte.trilingue
November 8th, 2006, 06:00 PM
they will use the money to improve Linux, I'm starting to feel a lot better now.

I doubt it. They will use the money to pay their shareholders and give microsoft a new angle to work the fictitious software patent FUD (if you use linux other than the one that pays us royalties your company might get sued and you would lose your job) now that SCO is going to lose its claims in open court.

Specifically, they are going after Red Hat's market, IMHO.

darkhatter
November 8th, 2006, 06:06 PM
I doubt it. They will use the money to pay their shareholders and give microsoft a new angle to work the fictitious software patent FUD (if you use linux other than the one that pays us royalties your company might get sued and you would lose your job) now that SCO is going to lose its claims in open court.

Specifically, they are going after Red Hat's market, IMHO.

can you tell me where you are getting your information from.

shining
November 8th, 2006, 06:36 PM
they will use the money to improve Linux, I'm starting to feel a lot better now.

Why the hell would ms give them money for doing that? It doesn't make any sense to me.

Kateikyoushi
November 8th, 2006, 06:48 PM
I might sound pessimitic but I also doubt it will be used to fund linux development, it can be used for much more important marketing purposes. -_-;;

bonzodog
November 8th, 2006, 07:13 PM
I personally don't mind what they do - Linux will always be around due to the very nature of FOSS - When I started using it, it WAS a geeks-only OS, with very few users.

If it goes back to that, then oh, well...**** happens.

.t.
November 8th, 2006, 07:18 PM
Marketing is very important.
Funding is good, but not with strings attached (like tied aid to poor countries).

an.echte.trilingue
November 8th, 2006, 07:43 PM
can you tell me where you are getting your information from.

Well, as I indicated, that is my opinion, however I formed it after reading Dvorak's take (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2052320,00.asp) and some of the the details of the transaction (http://www.linux-watch.com/news/NS7235986827.html) (the unabriged version of the article posted above, I think), and this telling little soundbite (http://www.cbronline.com/article_news.asp?guid=B9B99902-7FFD-463A-8523-3B6AF63677DF):


"Let me be clear about one thing, we don't license our intellectual property to Linux because of the way Linux licensing GPL framework works, that's not really a possibility," said Microsoft chief executive, Steve Ballmer.

"Novell is actually just a proxy for its customers, and it's only for its customers," he added. "This does not apply to any forms of Linux other than Novell's SUSE Linux. And if people want to have peace and interoperability, they'll look at Novell's SUSE Linux. If they make other choices, they have all of the compliance and intellectual property issues that are associated with that."

The deal is another blow for Linux leader Red Hat Inc, which is clearly still in Microsoft's intellectual property sights, as well as those of Oracle Corp following the recent announcement that the database giant will undercut it on support pricing.

And then there is Red Hat's rebuttal, (http://searchopensource.techtarget.com/originalContent/0,289142,sid39_gci1228357,00.html) which makes it pretty clear that they think MS is going after them, and of course, there is the original announcement that dogs and cats are living together (http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB116249026689311557-helTbrheLKgbaJ5iO5z40ZFCiOs_20061109.html?mod=blog s).

Like I said, just my opinion, and I read slashdot so I am obviously am biased.

Mathiasdm
November 8th, 2006, 07:46 PM
Following Dvorak's take, isn't always the right choice:p Especially seeing as he's just a paid troll ;)

an.echte.trilingue
November 8th, 2006, 07:50 PM
Oh, and in case you you don't beleive that microsoft used the SCO case to spread fud, you should read this (http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=2006100801442692) article that demonstrates how MS pushed capital into an otherwise failing company, and this wikipedia article (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SCO_Group#The_Linux_Wars) is pretty good at outlining what a great disservice SCO has done to linux, although with wikipedia you need to be sure to read the sources before beleiving anything.

an.echte.trilingue
November 8th, 2006, 07:50 PM
Following Dvorak's take, isn't always the right choice:p Especially seeing as he's just a paid troll ;)

Oh, i agree, which is why I included the other sources.

rfruth
November 8th, 2006, 08:04 PM
So Novell is the new SCO :rolleyes: