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11.25.06

SUSE Dev Speaks Ubuntu

Posted in OpenSUSE, Ubuntu at 12:41 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

No-one other than Andreas Jaeger wound up praising Ubuntu for its Open Week.

Ubuntu’s open week sounds like a really good idea. I’m just surprised that it is done to get users away from openSUSE as Mark Shuttleworth announced on the opensuse mailing lists.

Andreas is one of the roots, if not the principal figure of authority, in the Opensuse project. To put things in context, Mark Shuttleworth invited SUSE developers whilst some people are giving up SUSE, often migrating to or sticking with variants of Ubuntu. This statement by Andreas is therefore quite bold yet generous. It does, however, seem as though Shuttleworth crossed the picket fence and invaded mailing lists of competitors. I am aware of Red Hat employees who read the SUSE mailing lists, but I doubt they actively participate rather than just lurk or post off-list.

Addendum:

Here is the message that started it all.

[opensuse] Invitation to OpenSUSE developers

  • From: Mark Shuttleworth [mark at xxxxxxxxxx]
  • Date: Fri, 24 Nov 2006 18:16:57 +0000
  • Message-id: <45673719.9020906 at xxxxxxxxxx>

Novell’s decision to go to great lengths to circumvent the patent framework clearly articulated in the GPL has sent shockwaves through the community. If you are an OpenSUSE developer who is concerned about the long term consequences of this pact, you may be interested in some of the events happening next week as part of the Ubuntu Open Week:

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