Novell’s chief booster, Zonker, has already pushed it into OSNews. Zonker also pushed it into LinuxToday and he got some unpleasant responses, such as: ” Great! The new OpenSuse 11.1 features an improved patent protection package! Don’t miss it! Novell’s website states that Microsoft recommends Suse. So, what are you waiting for? Go get it, tiger!”
There is also this one: “That is right. Steve Ballmer clearly said that if you run any other Linux you may have to face his legal team. So, if you want Linux it is SUSE or else …”
The formal announcement too came from a paid Novell employee, Michael Löffler. If Novell qualifies as a community of workers, then OpenSUSE is a community project. Even avid volunteers who are involved in this project have said to us that Novell controls it.
Interestingly enough, the press release and coverage of OpenSUSE say nothing about Microsoft. How come? Might they be embarrassed to say that Novell and Microsoft left OpenSUSE users exposed and ripe for exploitation? █