For those of you who may be curious, MS has been bashing OpenSource software and Linux in particular for some time now while adopting some features that have long been available to Linux and MacOS users. This is very strange behavior, but not surprising. It has been speculated that MS has seen some merit in Linux and has decided to get into the opensource business by either selling its own version of Linux or "promoting" Novell's Suse distribution. According to the terms of the deal, in addition to "promoting" Suse Linux, MS has implied that there will be patent infringement "problems" for anyone who develops, for commercial uses, any version of Linux that is NOT protected under the terms of this deal. This is basically an implied threat to sue, and unfortunately is not surprising either. Why would MS give Novell over $400 million to promote Suse Linux and then threaten to sue anyone who commercially develops the very same software that Suse Linux is based upon? Something's up ..... and it ain't good.
Anyway, this is NOT an attempt to convert anyone to Linux. It is merely an appeal to educate yourself about altenatives......... and ABOVE ALL ELSE, if you do decide to give Linux a whirl, please do not allow MS to sell you a bastardized version of Linux with any techno-legal voodoo attached to it.
Linux is free and open for all - to see the code, scrutinize it, improve upon it and above all, freely distribute it and install it on AS MANY PCs as your little pea-pickin' heart desires .... and that's the way you should enjoy it!
Thank you for your time
Edited by Trio3b, 14 November 2006 - 01:55 AM.