Microsoft makes another Linux friend in Xandros
There's a Novell idea
Xandros has become the latest Linux distro to hop into bed with Microsoft, announcing a five-year deal for joint development.
The oddball duo will collaborate on systems management, office suite, and server interoperability. Xandros will get protection from Redmond's legal high command, and support for its sales and marketing efforts, Novell-style.
Legal ponderers are still trying to fathom what effect the release of the third iteration of the GPL will have on the relationships with Linux firms which are being fostered by Microsoft.
Xandros CEO Andreas Typaldos said: "Cross-platform data centers are a reality. To meet evolving customer needs, vendors need to recognize the value of sharing intellectual property, developing more interoperable solutions, and providing management tools that are familiar and easy to use."
Microsoft recently renewed legal sabre rattling at the open source community, feeding news outlets with snippets of patent infringment accusations. It says Linux and Open Office trip up 235 Microsoft patents, but doesn't say what or why.
The Xandros tie-in release is here. ®
Since Microsoft will never get slack, the obvious choice is Slackware.
Once upon a time, Microsoft's behaviour would have been called a protection racket. 'You be friendly with me and give me a slice of your money and I won't bust you'. You get the gist. Mobster tactics. This used to be illegal.
Well it seems that another Linux company has succumbed to the pressure and who knows there may be more to come. Shame on them !
I agree with the references to the fall of the Roman empire. Most of Microsoft's new ventures are losing it money. If they weren't, Vista would not be so over-priced. What can Microsoft add to Linux development, or the betterment of software generally ? I suggest that it can only hinder it.
Lets see how Xandros drops down the list at Distrowatch.
I'd say go for it :)
Personally, go with a distro with a huge repo and easy install (debian net install), but make sure to go dual boot.
I like my regular browsing/downloading done in debian and boot back to vista for my office work (and gaming), and playing with the things I've downloaded.
Soon I'll be going back to fedora and trying to get a vista image working with xen, that'll be fun.