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SUSE and Novell Banshee in the Shadow of Antitrust Trials

Posted in Antitrust, Microsoft, OpenSUSE at 7:39 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz


Summary: A few bits and pieces of Novell news, including a reminder of Microsoft’s abusive practices against Novell (prior to Novell becoming Microsoft’s puppet)

THERE IS very little news about SUSE and about Novell (nice summary), but we shall look at some over the weekend. VAR Guy still promotes SUSE (amid uploading of more Microsoft SUSE ads while Novell Demo uploads about 10 videos like this one about a dead product, Vibe) and OpenSUSE staff “started a discussion on Factory mailing list about show-stoppers for the 12.1-Beta release scheduled for 2011-09-22.” Another Novell release (they own the copyrights) is a Microsoft patent trap which gives Microsoft more leverage, even in default Ubuntu installations.

Why don’t people learn a lesson about depending on Microsoft? Groklaw‘s Pamela Jones has this new reminder of Novell’s past pain from Microsoft:

The Novell v. Microsoft antitrust trial over WordPerfect and Quattro Pro has been scheduled for October 17. Novell won the right to this trial on appeal, if you recall, after Judge J. Frederick Motz ruled [PDF] on summary judgment in favor of Microsoft in the lower court in Baltimore, Maryland. You can listen to the oral argument [mp3; Ogg] before the appellate panel, if you’d like to review the issues. Microsoft asked for a rehearing [PDF], but it was denied [PDF], and the mandate issued [PDF] on June 9th.

It is astounding that after all those abuses from Microsoft SUSE was still willing to become a buddy of Microsoft. Why do some people still use SUSE and Mono? How much abuse from Microsoft will it take before people get a better clue?

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  1. Michael said,

    September 22, 2011 at 8:49 pm


    Man… choice sucks – it allows people to use what you do not like.

    Wait. No, choice is great… it is your disdain for it that sucks.

  2. Needs Sunlight said,

    September 24, 2011 at 3:37 am


    Even Ubuntu is working as a disease vector for Mono. It’s slow, bloated and unreliable.

    Needs Sunlight Reply:

    * mono that is. Ubuntu itself, without Mono, is fine.

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