This is a really good article that I just read at ars technica. The whole Novell/Microsoft thing has been a bit of a soap opera, and a twisted tale. This article brings some much needed levity and clarity to the situation, as well as pretty succinctly explaining the sequence of events.
Of particular interest to me was the last couple of paragraphs from the article, quoted below:
The success of the Linux operating system is largely predicated on the collaboration of the Linux development community, and this petty squabbling impedes that collaboration. What the corporate executives of these companies have declared, with stentorian vehemence, is that they are all abundantly willing to abandon collaboration and take advantage of each other whenever it is convenient.
I don’t object to criticism of the deal, because frankly, it seems obvious that Ballmer vindicated the critics, and in retrospect, trusting Microsoft was not wise. I’m not passing judgement on the opportunism of the executives who used criticism of the deal as a means of promoting their own corporate agenda. It’s human nature and commonplace. The point I’m making here is that, in the end, the mutual criticism and petty bickering doesn’t further the interests of the Linux community and that the negative consequences of the Microsoft/Novell deal will continue to escalate as long as it serves as a catalyst for distrust within the Linux community.
It pains me to see the Linux community ripping each other apart of this event, and quite frankly makes me very sad. We are not a bunch of petulant children, and the last thing we need is for the world to (continue to) view us that way. Over the last 16 years, Linux has matured to become a true competitor and threat to the largest and most dominant software companies. Linux is a testament to the open source development model.
We cannot afford to slow the progress of Linux and open source development with petty and reactionary arguements. What upset me further is the opportunistic way in which the “leaders” at other companies in the Linux market tried to use the timult to gain mindshare. Linux has too often been compared to Unix because no one company makes Linux. To coin a phrase, those that forget history are doomed to repeat it.
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