On Friday 26 November 2010 12:03:38 Debayan Banerjee wrote:
What does this mean for openSUSE? It used to be my
distro. It is definitely a very competent distro in its own right
although people hardly mention it in India.
On an individual level, maybe not much. But if you are a business,
individual or not BEWARE. M$ screws it's own customers, and would be
very happy to screw those who arent.
As a dveloper, the writing is on the wall. As the computing
environment matures and everything reduces to a deeply fragmented
commodity market, companies with 4digit profit percentages will have
no leg to stand on. In the past they simply folded or merged into
something else without much noise. But now they use every possible
tactic to drag everyone and the dog with them.
Interestingly big ballmer has sold off huge chunks of his shareholding
in M$. Bail out before the rats start biting.
In all this RMS seems to be a real seer. Groklaw's Pamela Jones goes
as afar as telling the kernel guys to wake up and start thinking
about GPLV3. V3 was dismissed as a US centric problem/solution.
It does not seem to be staying that way.