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OpenSUSE Opens Up to Questions About the Microsoft Deal 288

NewsForge is reporting on the recent IRC meeting that the OpenSUSE team held to answer a few questions about the controversial deal between Novell and Microsoft. The most prominent questions are highlighted and the complete IRC log is available from the article while the questions that didn't make the discussion will be posted on the OpenSUSE wiki.
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OpenSUSE Opens Up To Questions About the Microsoft Deal

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  • by Peter Cooper ( 660482 ) on Tuesday November 28, 2006 @12:10AM (#17011746) Homepage Journal
    If Novell will pay me a mere $4 million over the next five years, I'll promise not to sue any of their customers for any reason at all.

    This offer is also open to any other companies who want to take me up on it.
  • by Bronster ( 13157 ) <> on Tuesday November 28, 2006 @12:11AM (#17011756) Homepage
    Protection money not to indulge in a SCO style SLAPP is what it smells like. "Nice server... pity if it should get turned off by an injunction for 3 years while we hit you with a bunch of non-specific claims about it"...
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 28, 2006 @12:23AM (#17011830)
    The south of France is wonderful this time of year
    and so close to both the riviera and Barcelona.

    Oh yes, please let it be that!

    let that be where goes away .....

    Go now little Linux...go on your merry way....
  • rofl (Score:3, Funny)

    by bouma ( 904871 ) on Tuesday November 28, 2006 @12:46AM (#17011988)
    (The Vercotti brothers enter. They wear Mafia suits and dark glasses.)
    Dino: (Terry Jones) Good morning, Colonel.
    Colonel: Good morning gentlemen. Now what can I do for you.
    Luigi: (Michael Palin) (looking round office casually) You've ... you've got a nice army base here, Colonel.
    Colonel: Yes.
    Luigi: We wouldn't want anything to happen to it.
    Colonel: What?
    Dino: No, what my brother means is it would be a shame if... (he knocks something off mantel)
    Colonel: Oh.
    Dino: Oh sorry, Colonel.
    Colonel: Well don't worry about that. But please do sit down.
    Luigi: No, we prefer to stand, thank you, Colonel.
    Colonel: All right. All right. But what do you want?
    Dino: What do we want, ha ha ha.
    Luigi: Ha ha ha, very good, Colonel.
    Dino: The Colonel's a joker, Luigi.
    Luigi: Explain it to the Colonel, Dino.
    Dino: How many tanks you got, Colonel?
    Colonel: About five hundred altogether.
    Luigi: Five hundred! Hey!
    Dino: You ought to be careful, Co1onel.
    Colonel: We are careful, extremely careful.
    Dino: 'Cos things break, don't they?
    Colonel: Break?
    Luigi: Well everything breaks, don't it Colonel. (he breaks something on desk) Oh dear.
    Dino: Oh see my brother's clumsy Colonel, and when he gets unhappy he breaks things. Like say, he don't feel the army's playing fair by him, he may start breaking things, Colonel.
    Colonel: What is all this about?
    Luigi: How many men you got here, Colonel?
    Colonel: Oh, er ... seven thousand infantry, six hundred artillery, and er, two divisions of paratroops.
    Luigi: Paratroops, Dino.
    Dino: Be a shame if someone was to set fire to them.
    Colonel: Set fire to them?
    Luigi: Fires happen, Colonel.
    Dino: Things burn.
    Colonel: Look, what is all this about?
    Dino: My brother and I have got a little proposition for you Colonel.
    Luigi: Could save you a lot of bother.
    Dino: I mean you're doing all right here aren't you, Colonel?
    Luigi: Well suppose some of your tanks was to get broken and troops started getting lost, er, fights started breaking out during general inspection, like.
    Dino: It wouldn't be good for business would it, Colonel?
    Colonel: Are you threatening me?
    Dino: Oh, no, no, no.
    Luigi: Whatever made you think that, Colonel?
    Dino: The Colonel doesn't think we're nice people, Luigi.
    Luigi: We're your buddies, Colonel.
    Dino: We want to look after you.
    Colonel: Look after me?
    Luigi: We can guarantee you that not a single armoured division will get done over for fifteen bob a week.
    Colonel: No, no, no.
    Luigi: Twelve and six.
    Colonel: No, no, no.
    Luigi: Eight and six ... five bob...
  • by QuantumG ( 50515 ) <> on Tuesday November 28, 2006 @01:00AM (#17012062) Homepage Journal
    Kinda makes you think that half way through the log you'll see:
    <DeveloperBob> Look, it's really not a big deal. This is just business stu.. RUN YOU FOOLS, IT'S A TRAP!!!
    *** DeveloperBob has left IRC
    <DeveloperSteve> ok, so next question please...
    They've been taken over by the borg, man.

  • by Victor Antolini ( 725710 ) on Tuesday November 28, 2006 @01:08AM (#17012128) Homepage
    Bill, is that you?
  • by bmo ( 77928 ) on Tuesday November 28, 2006 @02:20AM (#17012586)
    "I have never come upon a post which makes its point so excellently, and also contains so many F-words."

    It was hand crafted from rare woods, with each syllable hand rubbed with fine oils to bring out the grain.

    "Take your anger here for a moment and help me out ... But no F-words there, please "



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