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__/ [ Roy Culley ] on Sunday 10 December 2006 04:45 \__

> begin  risky.vbs
> <pan.2006.>,
> Kier <vallon@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
>> [snip]
>> No doubt, with all the kefuffle going on recently about SUSE/Novell
>> and MS, there are those who will howl in protest at my installing
>> SLED, but that's tough. It's an impressive distro, and I reckon I'll
>> hang onto it for a while.
> Fair enough Kier. So you see nothing wrong with the Novell / MS patent
> agreement? When MS start suing other Linux distro's for SW patents MS
> hold you'll be happy in knowing your SLED won't be affected. Way to go
> Kier.
> No matter what Funkenbusch says about MS never suing a company over
> patents what other reason could there be for the Novell / MS
> agreement?
> MS have tried for years to discredit Linux / OSS for years.  They have
> failed miserably and recognise that Linux is a serious threat. MS will
> use their patent portfolio in a last ditch effort to kill off Linux.
> SW patents are just wrong. Next to everyone and his dog who knows
> anything about the SW business knows this (other than those who would
> finacially gain from them of course).
> From what I've read, Novell are going to regret this 'partnership'
> with MS and rightly so.

They already do regret it. Look at their stock and, in particular, what
analysts say about their future. This includes Cresit Suisse, who said that
their deal with Microsoft led to community alienation and will have them
eliminated. We still get to keep the code and work on it though, so not much
is/was lost.

Best wishes,

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