Summary: Oracle and Microsoft, which are suing Linux-based platforms, are making money at the expense of community developers of Linux
THE recent FUD from Oracle got mentioned in many sites, so people will at least be aware of what Oracle is doing. Here at Techrights we strive to report on issues that the press hardly touches. One of those issues is Novell and in particular the disservice it does to FOSS since Microsoft is the major financial backer.
“What Oracle and Novell are trying to do is promote an expensive variant of Linux, where non-contributing entities that are moreover attacking Linux (and Android) actually make a profit from Linux.”SUSE brags about running on Europe’s fastest computer, for example, but little does it ever say about the fact that Microsoft receives a share of the profits. The great threat here — and the reason we have been so focused on Novell — is that Microsoft tax on GNU/Linux will become so prevalent that it is seen as the norm. To normalise extortion and racketeering is definitely possible as in the political arena, for example, many cases of economic warfare have already been trivalised, to the point where nobody is allowed to be critical of them, at least not in the mainstream.
What Oracle and Novell are trying to do is promote an expensive variant of Linux, where non-contributing entities that are moreover attacking Linux (and Android) actually make a profit from Linux. This is an outrageous situation, a case of adding insult to injury. █