Techrights has had Novell and M$ under a microscope for the last five years but have now announced a change:
“NOVELL is no longer a company, so we officially let it go about 2 months ago. We stopped researching the subject, at least for the most part (news tracking). But what about SUSE, which Microsoft is subsidising? It has been over a month since we last researched it deeply/properly and issues like patents are the burning issues which take precedence, also at the expense of Gates Foundation watching.
As Microsoft is no longer the only company that which attacks Linux, e.g. with software patents, we also had to let it slide a bit.”
Those are true statements but the same folks are still running M$ and Apple seems less of a threat with their limited production and distribution capabilities that I will continue to concentrate on what is good in */Linux and what is bad about Wintel. Money is not the root of all evil in IT but love of money is. There’s no one on the planet more locked-in to loving money than M$ and they are the largest source of evil in IT. Oracle and Apple are like innocent children in comparison. The flush-lever has already been pushed in Oracle v Google (Android/Linux) and SCOTUS has software patents in its sights.
Despite all the good work in */Linux and efforts by government to restrain the largest excesses of M$, it is still a growing cancer in IT. The growth in the client division is radically curtailed but there’s still some. Until it quits growing, there is no hope of salvation from the cost and complexity in IT that M$ causes. I hope M$’s recent numbers are just some accountants’ tricks, but I will not declare the battle over until retail shelves are jammed with GNU/Linux everywhere.