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Date:	Tue, 7 Nov 2006 09:18:26 +0100
From:	Pavel Machek <>
To:	"Jeffrey V. Merkey" <>
Cc:	Petr Baudis <>,
	Linux kernel <>
Subject: Re: Faustian Pact between Novell and Microsoft


> >>It's official.  Microsoft and Novell will now fork Linux.
> >>   
> >>
> >
> >(It's not clear what do you mean by "fork Linux". You mean fork the
> >kernel? Basically all the normal distributions are "forking the kernel"
> >and it seems to work fine. If not the kernel, it's even less clear.)
> >
> >But I guess I just take you too seriously. ;-)
> >
> > 
> >
> No problem. I was shocked to see it happen, but I left Novell 10 years 
> ago trying to make
> the same thing happen between the two, so today for me the future took 
> root in the
> present. Seriously, Novell has a limited lifespan unless acquired, and 
> an M$ acquisition
> would be a good thing for the company.

Now, agreement was a bad idea in the first place, and comments like...

This is a watershed moment for Linux. It fundamentally changes the
rules of the game. We're really excited about this deal, and we hope
you are too.

(from only make
it worse, but acquisition? I'd hope not even mickey$oft has enough
cash for _that_.
(cesky, pictures)
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