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Welcome To Linux - Ms Style

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#1 Trio3b


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Posted 14 November 2006 - 01:06 AM

As some of you may know, MS has recently decided to create a "partnership" with Novell and has "promised" to promote interoperability between Windows and the Suse Linux operating systems.

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.

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 04:41 AM

Correct. The problem is, as MS has implied, they ARE targetting the major distros. For a long time #1 was Fedora/Red Hat, and #2 was Suse in the sales department (because open source can't compile data from sales like a proprietary can, there is no real way to KNOW how many people are actually using Linux distros). They have aquired some sort ot deal withNovell, and implied they intend to bring alot of it under propriotery rights...which violates GPL and GPL V2 according to the scripters intent. This in turn has been said that they will persue people using linux other than suse. They even went so far as to offer an invitation to Fedora to jump on the band wagon. Some may say, so what. Well, the Linux community and MS have had an ongoing battle since Linux's birth by Linus himself. Gates and his team believoing the code is the owners intellectual property and closed source is the only way to assure an efficient, controllable os. Torvalds and associates believe the exact opposite. What the scriptor wants to do with his code is his business, but it should be open and available for sharing and modification to improve efficiency and security. There is no common ground for these two ideals to find.

A quick story:
MS once packaged an OS with loads of video games. Some of these games belonged to Atari. Atari sued, and how did MS responde? They bought Atari, litigation over. As owners of the company, they inheritted the rights to the games as well. Sound familiar?
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Posted 15 November 2006 - 12:41 AM

Unfortunately, MS is the master of perception, deception, and lawyerly hallucination. Look at what they've been able to do to the patent office, the Dept. of Justice, and most of the worlds' PC users over the past 15 years.

I see several possibilities, including an attempt to surgically graft a parasitic "shim" onto the jugular of the linux kernel which will facilitate interoperability between Windows and Suse, but "technically" WILL NOT touch the kernel, and therefore, NOT violate GPL standards.

Or, MS is going to use "conquer and divide" to try to force the linux comunity to collapse on itself, then bury it on a shelf to keep the technology off the market. OR, they are going to steal every good feature they can from Linux and promote the hell out of it to line their own pockets. I believe MS has the experience and marketing wherewithall to announce Linux as a new and exciting technology designed by MS for the 21st century.

I was hoping to post this in the Windows forums for Windows users to see so as not to be fooled when MS begins their new campaign to promote their vision of a better Linux through MS/Novell Suse. I guess the mods thought differently.


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