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[News] Survey: Businesses Choose Red Hat GNU/Linux Over Steve's Ballnux

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A Tale of Two (Linux) Strategies

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| The Second Open Source Barometer shows the community growing like a hockey 
| and the number of members choosing Red Hat RHEL mirroring that growth with 
| the number of members choosing Suse flat in comparison. So maybe “it was the 
| worst of times” and the response of the open source community is to let 
| Suse “have a far, far better rest to go to than it has ever known”?    


That's good news. The software patents plot ain't working for the monopolist.


Should We Boycott Microsoft? Can We?

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| Except that it's not quite that simple. Microsoft's vision of “live and let 
| live” is predicated on its continuing use of software patents, and of the 
| open source side letting Microsoft and Novell handle all the tiresome 
| implications for open source. In effect, though, this amounts to recognising 
| Microsoft's patents, and accepting its “solutions” for the open source 
| community. “Live and let live” turns out to be tantamount to accepting 
| Microsoft's right to file, own and use software patents, which, in its turn, 
| means accepting they apply to the open source world.       
| [...]
| Above all, it will send a message to the company that the open source world 
| is not falling for the old “embrace, extend and extinguish” trick, and that 
| if Microsoft really wants collaborate, "live and let live" is simply not 
| enough, because of the asymmetric bargain it implies. As a basic 
| pre-condition of working together with open source, the company needs to 
| accept free software's absolute foundation – the ability to share all its 
| code in any way and with anyone – and that, by definition, means no software 
| patents whatsoever.       



MIX - Novell's de Icaza criticizes Microsoft patent deal

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| Open-source pioneer and Novell Vice President Miguel de Icaza Thursday for 
| the first time publicly slammed his company's cross-patent licensing 
| agreement with Microsoft as he defended himself against lack of patent 
| protection for third parties that distribute his company's Moonlight project, 
| which ports Microsoft's Silverlight technology to Linux.    
| Speaking on a panel at the MIX 08 conference in Las Vegas, de Icaza said that 
| Novell has done the best it could to balance open-source interests with 
| patent indemnification. However, if he had his way, the company would have 
| remained strictly open source and not gotten into bed with Microsoft. Novell 
| entered into a controversial multimillion dollar cross-patent licensing and 
| interoperability deal with Microsoft in November 2006.     
| "I'm not happy about the fact that such an agreement was made, but [the 
| decision] was above my pay grade; I think we should have stayed with the 
| open-source community," de Icaza said. He was speaking on a panel that also 
| included representatives from Microsoft and open-source companies Mozilla and 
| Zend.    
| [...]
| De Icaza shot back that it was "unfair" of Schroepfer to paint Novell as the 
| only company protected by patent covenants, as many companies have signed 
| licensing agreements not only with Microsoft, but also with other companies 
| such as IBM that have a large patent portfolio.   
| [...]
| The choice has drawn ire from open-source diehards who were displeased with 
| Novell’s decision to sign a cross-licensing agreement with Microsoft in the 
| first place. A Web site called “Boycott Novell” decried Moonlight as a 
| Microsoft “pet project” and criticized the company’s decision not to port 
| Silverlight to Linux itself.    

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