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If Microsoft bought Novell, it wouldn't come as a surprise
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| The idea that Microsoft would buy Novell isn't exactly that far-fetched.
| Events on April 1 have proved this.
| A spoof run by iTWire, written by Linux expert David M. Williams, and
| headlined "Linux beware: Microsoft acquires Novell, become UNIX copyright
| owner", was sufficient to cause a few people to call Novell in the US and
| inquire if there was some truth to the story.
| Novell PR chief Ian Bruce phoned iTWire and asked that the story be
| retracted. iTWire editor Stan Beer had to add a paragraph to the story to
| state emphatically that it was an April Fool's joke.
| He replied: "I wasn't angry. Unfortunately, your story was so well done as a
| spoof it got picked up in the US and we actually had a couple of calls.
| Amazing, I know. The headline did it, I think. Sorry for the alarm."
| That people took such a story seriously tells us more about Novell, Microsoft
| and the public impression that the infamous patent contract has created, than
| any of the articles that have been written analysing, criticising or praising
| the deal.
National “non-free” Software Conference @ CUSAT
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| A free software activist and former student at CUSAT, Anivar Aravind was
| manhandled today (16/11/2008) by the “National free software conference
| organizers” @ CUSAT with assistance from the states police forces, for his
| peaceful protest against the “Novell Sponsorship”. The free software
| conference is backed by CPI(M), the ruling left party in Kerala.
| Q2. What is the problem with NOVELL?
| Novell doesn’t respect the free software philosophy and works against the
| interest of the community. In short we are against Novell because of the
| 1. Novell helps Microsoft more than it helps GNU/Linux.
| 2. Novell still insults competing GNU/Linux distributions and Sun’s
| Openoffice.org. (Read more)
| 3. Novell & Microsoft’s software patent agreement betrays rest of free
| software community, including the very people who wrote the Novell’s own
| system, for Novell’s sole financial profit. (Read more)
| 4. Novell helps Microsoft’s fight against Ajax, web standards, SVG by
| supporting Silverlight & implementing its GNU/Linux version. (Read more)
| 5. Novell supports Microsofts proprietary standard OOXML.
| 6. Novell is pushing Microsofts patents to GNU/Linux and cheating Free
| Software Community.
| 7. Novell is the biggest promoter of MONO in Free Software Development.
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