Mandriva Beats OpenSUSE

Posted in GNU/Linux, Mandriva, Novell, OpenSUSE at 1:16 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Susan Linton, the distro expert from Linux.com and founder of TuxMachines, is in with the verdict.

Overall Winner

In our little just-for-fun comparison, we the judges find that Mandriva wins by 4 categories to 2. But to the original question the answer would be to go buy the Mandriva Power Pack or try PCLOS or ALT Linux in which advanced power saving feature do work out of the box. Also, YMMV.

However, don’t forget that both openSUSE and Mandriva are both nice distros. This little article is highly subjective and you may not agree. That’s okay. I love them both.

Winner: Mandriva 2008.0

Steve Ballmer rides SUSEFor the record, I never got the impression that Susan was prejudiced against Novell. In fact, she has always seemed like a long-time SUSE user (when not distro hopping). Her comparison confirms the fact that OpenSUSE is not essential for desktop Linux to reach the masses. We could do better even with Mandriva, which explicitly rejected and eliminated the possibility of selling out to an abusive monopoly.

Acacia’s Deal with Novell and the Pointlessness of Patent Deals

Posted in GNU/Linux, Intellectual Monopoly, Microsoft, Novell, Patent Covenant, Patents, Red Hat at 1:07 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The first time we wrote about Acacia was over a month ago (or as far back as July). We spotted the deal which was quietly signed between Novell and Acacia, just shortly before Acacia attacked Novell. ZDNet’s Paula Rooney finally exposes some more details about this deal.

That’s right. In late August, the Newport Beach, Calif. –based Acacia Technology Licensing’ subsidiary Disc Link Corp. entered into a licensing agreement with Novell covering patents related to portable storage devices with links to the Internet.


It seems apparent, however, that Acacia’s legal minds, including two former high-level Microsoft IP experts – will oversee the details.

“Why would any Linux vendor sign a patent deal with Microsoft now?”Remember that Acacia is quite likely a part-time Microsoft proxy. It attacks the two largest Linux server vendors (software side). This might even be perceived as an attempt to pressure Red Hat into signing patent deals. Microsoft has been trying this for over a year, but Red Hat is not tactless enough to accept the offer.

Why would any Linux vendor sign a patent deal with Microsoft now? To some people it’s clear that a Microsoft proxy is now attacking Red Hat (no, it’s not SCO, but Acacia). Why would Red Hat want ‘protection’ when it can be attacked peripherally (i.e. around the deal with Microsoft, from the outside)? It can be seen as a loophole that renders Microsoft patent deals moot, just as the European Commission’s ruling is likely to render Microsoft interoperability deals moot. Moreover, Novell’s deal with Acacia proved to be useless. You lose either way.

Novell is losing

GPLv3 Pace of Adoption is Increasing, Novell Questions Addressed

Posted in Boycott Novell, Free/Libre Software, FSF, GPL, Law, Novell at 12:44 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The great folks at Palamida still keep a close eye on GPLv3′s acceptance. Here is a fragment from their latest (and very encouraging) report:

The GPL v3 Watch List is intended to give you a snapshot of the GPLv3/LGPLv3 adoption for October 13th through October 19th, 2007.

October World Series

As of October 19th, 1pm PST, our database contained 898 GPL v3 projects, as compared to last weeks number on October 12th of 833 GPL v3 projects. This is a larger than average increase of 65 GPL v3 projects which puts us on the brink of 900 GPL v3 projects and closer to the important milestone of 1000 GPL v3 projects.

Bruce Byfield has just published an article on this issue as well. The article is aptly titled “GPLv3 adoption on track, experts say”.

In the end, for the FSF, the measure of the GPLv3′s success will be, not how widely it used, but whether it can protect software freedom. “What does success mean?” Brown asks. “I think it’s important not to set some arbitrary target about what success means. It’s not a numbers game. It’s about how do you get people to value the aims of GPLv3. Because if you don’t value the freedoms of the GPL, then the question of GPLing isn’t about freedom. It’s a question of technical considerations.”

These recent reports knock off the many self-serving (and often paid-for) reports that predict doom and gloom for the new licence, so it’s a refreshing change. For those who are still uncertain about the meaning of the new licence and the ways it protects one’s freedom and interests, the FSF is arranging an open chat.

Linux developers also have questions about the new anti-patent collusion language in GPLv3 and what it means to joint patent partnerships such as the one between Microsoft and Novell.

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