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My brain is still trying to process it. I’ve read around 20 articles on the subject, with different opinions and still can’t make my own.
The webcast portraying the event is available at novell’s website.

The thing is this: through god-knows-what legal resources MS and SUsE staff had made open source and proprietary patents somehow compatible. Of course this will go under serious scrutiny over the next months and some issues might rise, but the unthinkable has happened.

If Microsoft weren’t Microsoft I’d gladly say a huge step towards common sense has been made. That the OS and computer industries will benefit largely form this, that it was a bold and intelligent move. But Microsoft has it’s large personal record in taking advantage of such deals, whilst their counterparts loose enormously. The Apple Computer Inc. vs. Microsoft Corp. case comes to mind immediately.

Please list me on the sceptics list for this one.

To further support my scepticism while researching for this entry I came across an interesting entry on MS’s web, dated November 3rd, with a very subtle title: Migrate from Novell.

We have only seen the tip of the iceberg here, but something already smells fishy…

PS: Ubuntu is starting to look very interesting as a replacement for my SUsE 9.3…

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Today… or during the course of this week I’ll embrace a task only matched by those of Sir Francis Drake, Columbus or Magellan.

Well I’m exaggerating, but it sure does sound good.

Surfing through the ever-increasing ranks of feeds I came across this article at CoolTechZone.com; which, lead me to this site. The idea is simple install an abridged version of Linux on an iPod.

Before you jump into it with your cool, fancy and new iPod, let me warn you this runs only on  the first 3 generations of iPod. I’m cool with that since I have owned one of those since 2002 (go ahead, make the math: it’s a first generation…)

The only thing that kind of makes me doubtful is that I’m reluctant to make backups of… well pretty much anything, and I’m not too much into ripping all the CDs I’ve tossed into the small gadget over the past 4 years yet again.

Shall I be brave and daring? I’ll let you know the outcome of such adventure later this week.

Just a random thought while looking around blogs and stuff.

How about a semi-official site from Lenovo with support for Linux users only? Would this “disturb” Microsoft?

The more I look around the web the more evident it seems that ThinkPads are the weapons of choice of Linux users around the globe.  This way it seems rather logical to provide some special support for them.

It sure would be a sort of bold move, and it would require quite some support from the Linux community (both from developers and from the user base). It’d be rather interesting to see how they react and how involved they are willing to get with a computer vendor.Everybody could learn from each other; if there are no  “corporate restrictions” I’d certainly like to see it happen and I know pleanty of others would as well.

Sometimes I really like working for lenovo. Having the T60 delivered with a preloaded SuSE makes me very proud to be part of the company. It is a corageus move and I really pays off both for the Linux community and for Lenovo.

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