03.21.12

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OpenSUSE, SUSE, and Life Under Threat of Microsoft Litigation

Posted in Microsoft, OpenSUSE, SLES/SLED at 3:03 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Microsoft wants to be able to nail the competition at any time

Hammer and nail

Summary: Criticism of SUSE and a timely new example of Microsoft’s intimidation tactics

THE OpenSUSE project (not community) has a new milestone and coverage comes from SUSE-friendly sites for the most part.

The problem we have with OpenSUSE is that, being part of SUSE, it is controlled in part by Microsoft interests. It increases the risk of Microsoft lawsuits and extortion, which helps not at all. See this discussion in Slashdot about one who has to run a business under constant threat of Microsoft litigation:

We recently told you about a virtual desktop service for iPads and other devices that seems to exist only because it breaks Microsoft’s Windows licensing rules in order to provide an unbeatable price: free, with the option to upgrade to a more robust service for just $5 a month.

The company is being threatened by Microsoft, which gives Microsoft a sense of control and the rest of us a sense of fear. This is what SUSE has done to GNU/Linux too when Novell signed its deal with Microsoft in 2006. Why support SUSE anymore? People oughtn’t.

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