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Q&A: Red Hat CEO Whitehurst talks patent disputes, open source virtualization

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| Tell me more about the settlement.
| What was impactful and important about it was we not only protected ourselves
| and our customers, we protected all upstream and downstream use of the
| technology. A lot of times, not to pick on anyone in particular, but Novell
| in the Microsoft settlement didn’t protect all their upstream and downstream
| users. We’re not just protecting ourselves, we're protecting everyone who
| uses that technology.


- From a person who used to like SUSE:

OpenSUSE 11.0: Shine and annoyance

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| As much as I understand the criticism, I do feel saddened by it. SUSE used to
| be a solid and stalwart promotor of free and open source software. The
| commercial boxsets had the best and most extensive collection of manuals and
| tutorials in the field, showing it understood the need of new W2L migrators.
| For Novell it was good thinking to buy SUSE and use it to salvage it’s
| declining Netware business. Corporations are driven by other sentiments than
| the communities of developers, as the recent remarks of Nokia’s VP show.
| Corporations will enter into strategic partnerships to protect or expand
| their market share and thus the partnership between Microsoft and Novell does
| make sense. But I am also raising my eyebrows at the attempts spearheaded by
| Novell to port Microsoft-based technology (.Net and Silverlight) to Linux
| ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| (Mono and Moonlight).
| ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^



Mono, The Road To Hell: Final Proof

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| This is a Microsoft-branded piece of ****.
| Now, if there are still Linux users still loving Mono, and still believing
| they have anything in common with FREEDOM & Open Source, they're idiots like
| hell.
| Proofs of MALA FIDE from Microsoft's part:
| *1. NOBODY interested in a good-faith patent protection would restrict the
| *protection to the downstream recipients of a UNIQUE source — but this is
| *what Microsoft is doing!
| *2. NOBODY interested in a good-faith patent protection would restrict the
| *protection to the UNMODIFIED AND USED "AS INTENDED" ("for the intended
| *purpose") for an OPEN-SOURCE project — but this is what Microsoft is doing!
| *3. NOBODY interested in a good-faith patent protection would restrict the
| *protection in any ways. Simply imposing restrictions means WHATEVER FALLS
| Yes, this is Microsoft. Yes, this covenant is ONLY and ONLY for the benefit
| of Novell's SLED and SLES, and for the benefit of openSUSE. This is for
| people to ONLY consider openSUSE as a "safe" Linux way to use Moonlight and
| Mono, and therefore to increase the penetration of SLED/SLES as "the" Linux
| for the Enterprise.
| This is the abjection of the Microsoft-Novell fascist conspiracy.
| Have a nice day.


Novell ushers in Moonlight

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| The binary version of Moonlight does not have audio and video support
| built-in. If you want the audio and video features you have to build
| Moonlight from source using the instructions on the Mono wiki.


Shining Some Light on Microsoft's Moonlight Covenant

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| My conclusion now, after having reviewed it, is the same as I predicted. This
| is worthless and potentially harmful vapor-speak.



Is .NET on GNU/Linux a Trojan Horse?

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| There were two basic propositions in my mind on how could they hurt Free
| Software.
| * * * 1. Copyright threat? -- If Mono stuff is under a Free Software
| * * * * *license, once Microsoft or Novell change the licensing terms
| * * * * *over the Free .NET implementation we can just fork away. This
| * * * * *is where my trust into Free Software licenses comes into play.
| * * * 2. Software patents threat? -- Nothing new, there is patent
| * * * * *saber rattling already and no software is safe from patents anyway.

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