Novell (HQ) throws themselves into Microsoft’s arms, marries into the business of logic patents. That sucks so much. As a member of the FLOSS community I feel betrayed.
I came into the world of FLOSS with a SuSE 5.3 (or so). Since then (by accident in the beginning) I never tried another distro, was always pleased with the SUSEs (after some minor tweaking now and then), spend even some money on some boxes, was amazed how smooth the updates usually went, promoted the use of it. And learned to use and like Yast 😉
Now this. I still am not sure I understood the published contract correctly, but I feel very bad about it. It smells. Very badly. I don’t care if Novell make a contract with Microsoft. But I do care that this contract is supportive of the principle of patents on logic/software. And even more proposes Microsoft to go after non-Novell FLOSS providers on this. Novell HQ, you did not get it. Patents on logic are dumb and a smack into the face of every software engineer/mathematician. And a smack into every company concentrating to deliver well supported, high quality software system to their customers, instead of cleaning and destroying the market by state-supported solution space mining. They are turning four-year contract managers and jurists into highwaymen and parasites of the brave working men and women. Novell HQ, go and help the US patent system to get rid of logic and primitive patents instead of complying to this evil. You now only suck. Big times. Betraying your fellow players by becoming a renegade and switching to the foul playing team. It can only be hoped Novell soon changes it mind/heads again and returns to saneness (well, when was Novell last sane? 😦 ).
By having been a verbose user of the SUSE distri to my neighbourhood I feel now a need to switch to something else. Very fast. Should I? I guess. What to? Fedora? Debian? KUbuntu? Kanotix? Mandriva? Any suggestions? What can live up to SUSE or is better?
Another, lesser smartness of yesterday which at least could give me a little ironic smile at:
At Spiegel online (big german news site) an article described the reaction to the movie “Borat” by some students from Kazakhstan, who are everything but pleased that people are making fun out of talking nasty bullshit about the country. And express their sorry that real facts about the world’s 9th largest country are so unknown. What was to be proved: The editors of the article had to correct themself on the name of the current capital of Kazakhstan after publishing.
I like human beings. They are so… funny. Haha.