06.05.07

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Tell Xandros How You Feel, If You Have Time

Posted in Action, Deals, Formats, Interoperability, Novell, Patent Covenant, Petitions, Xandros at 12:47 am by Shane Coyle

Bruce Perens has posted a new petition for the Xandrosoft deal, please feel free to sign in and make your feelings known. Somehow, I don’t think that this will get the groundswell of response that Novell’s sellout had.

I actually kinda feel bad about that, since we also have decided that we cannot dedicate enough time or effort to an entire boycottxandros.com website; it’s like in Heathers when Martha "Dumptruck" can’t even get attention by trying to commit suicide, which Xandros has essentially done. Kinda sad, really.

For those who have never heard of Xandros (which will be a lot of you), it’s a commercial distribution descended from Corel’s Linux system, funded by the same VCs that funded Ximian, and derived from Debian at one point, although I don’t know how much comes from there any longer. They’ve been around a long time, although for obvious reasons I can’t believe they are very successful.

There’s not much to do about Xandros. They aren’t a big player, this isn’t going to make them into one. We should turn away from them as was the case with Novell, but it seems a bit silly since most of us didn’t even know they existed.

So, Boycott Xandros!

Wow, that was easy.

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3 Comments

  1. Roy Schestowitz said,

    June 5, 2007 at 3:08 am

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    it’s hilarious|sad (preference/POV-dependent) to see that even Xandros own Web site is hosting the ‘escape route’ discussion.

    http://forums.xandros.com/viewtopic.php?t=31422
    “Xandros = Microsoft, Which Linux To Use Now?”

    Will this be censored?

  2. gpl1 said,

    June 5, 2007 at 3:18 am

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    I’m thinking the historical “Microsoft Dirty Trick of the Day” thread may go bye bye…. j/k, no offence to Xandros or their admins.

  3. Roy Schestowitz said,

    June 5, 2007 at 4:29 am

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    Watch the linux.com (OSTG) article. The managers refuse to comment about the deal. Secrecy in a world of FLOSS… *sigh*

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