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OpenSUSE 11.3 Users Sensitive to Microsoft Lawsuit Due to Banshee Bundling

Banshee



Summary: OpenSUSE 11.3 has Banshee and the Novell/Microsoft patent deal does not extend to OpenSUSE, so there is a potential problem ahead

A YEAR ago Microsoft made a promise which explicitly excluded Banshee from mitigation of threat of patent litigation (see links below for more details). OpenBallnux 11.3 is out and according to reports of what's new, Banshee is included. In fact, Microsoft's MVP Miguel de Icaza brags about it in his blog right now (he also brags about Mono, which will incorporate Microsoft code in the next release) and Novell staff announces a new release of Banshee. "Opensuse 11.3 showing the way," says this new review, but which way is it? Hopefully not the way for Ubuntu and others to follow. Banshee is the exception because it depends on specific libraries that infringe on Microsoft patents that Microsoft excluded from the MCP. It doesn't take the genius of Richard Stallman to comprehend such issues.



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'We had some painful experiences with C and C++, and when Microsoft came out with .NET, we said, "Yes! That is what we want."'

--Miguel de Icaza



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