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November 20, 2006

Here is your chance…

by @ 11:13 am. Filed under General Linux, General SUSE

Here’s what I would actually like to do with this one. Anyone who wants to take the soapbox, here is your chance. Please email me your opinions on the M$/Novell agreement. Send me links to stories about it. Send me predictions of the future. Send me recommendations to Linux distributions to check out as alternatives to SUSE. Send me thoughts from the business strategy standpoint as well as the rants from tne open source standpoint. Send all opinions, links, thoughts, complaints, stories, predictions, recommendations to novellmsagreement at suseblog dot com. If there are any that are exceptionally well thought-through or informative or offer some unique point of view, I will post them here. Let’s hear what you think. (Aaron Toponce has one vote for Ubuntu *takes note on tally pad*).

7 Responses to “Here is your chance…”

  1. Greg Arndt Says:

    I must have read 20 articles and 500 forum posts about this topic. It took several days for me to synthesize the agreement down to this: the agreement essentially creates a fork in Linux by having two classes of Linux. Now, Novell’s flavor of Linux is treated as a “first-class” passenger by BigWinAir, and other Linux distros are at best “coach class” (but who can be also upgraded if they pay the extra fee and be happy with only the pre-chosen destination selected by BigWinAir).

    Since it is free & GPL compliant Linux that gives Novell at least a chance of replacing their propietary products – the manipulation of that system is morally shallow. Plus, every time someone at MS speaks about this, it makes the situation worse. Look for openSuse to either fork or start to implode over time from lack of support.

    A long time Suse/Novell user (going to Ubuntu now).

  2. Scott Morris Says:

    Greg,
    Excellent example. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. GN Says:

    Scott, I already send a mail about this, I don’t know if you’ll include it here but what I forgot to add was that if you’re looking for a replacement of SUSE that is very close to it, I recommend Fedora Core 6. I’ve installed it here and even tough their KDE support is far less than SUSE’s I found that Fedora is very close to SUSE

  4. Scott Morris Says:

    OK, thanks for the heads-up…. *digs through email for said message*

  5. Scott Morris Says:

    Christer,
    Hey, what’s up?! Thanks for stopping by. I tell you what. You know, that is kind of my gut feeling, as well. I sure do wish I could say that that wasn’t the case, but… I can’t help but feel the same way you describe above.
    *thinks*
    Yeah, I can really see where you are coming from. I totally dig ya’.

  6. Ubuntu Tutorials Says:

    I doubt that I have any insight into this that isn’t offered elsewhere but I thought I’d express my view.

    I agree with Greg’s post above on the topic that SuSE will start to implode for lack of support or fork. I get the feeling from my community that nobody wants to touch Novell/SuSE anymore–at least not much of the general Linux user base anyway (maybe some of the commercial base?).

    My prediction is Novell will be non-existent or assimilated within 5 years. No matter how you look at the situation or what reason Novell can publish for it. No company has ever bedded with Microsoft and lived to tell about it.

    I think the entire situation sounds very similar to the SCO deal and we all know what happened to SCO. A fast exodus and a slow death. Microsoft will continue to try and kill or control Linux through the companies that support or sell Linux. The rest of the big players (Red Hat, Ubuntu, etc) are smart enough to stay away.

    This will go down in history as the best and fastest way to kill a distribution.

    (my vote, obviously, is for Ubuntu)

  7. Mark Cox Says:

    I tend to agree with the dire predictions for Novell/SUSE above, but you know what, I’ll move on probably to Kubuntu.

    The people I feel sorry for are the SUSE developer’s, those poor guy’s and girls have really been betrayed in all of this.

    I still have a gut feeling that neither of the parties involved are telling the whole truth and I don’t think we’ll ever know what has truly happened in the back rooms between Ron and Steve. What I do know is if Ballmer is involved, it can only be bad, the sooner people like him leave the industry the better off we’ll be, MS user’s included.

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