May 7, 2007 4:43 AM PDT

Dell joins Microsoft, Novell in Linux pact

Deal aimed at better serving corporate customers using both Linux and Windows; Dell will help customers migrate to Novell's Suse Linux.

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What "Merry-Go-Round" This Is!
"The move makes Dell the first major systems provider to join the Microsoft-Novell collaboration, which consists of a broad set of business and technological agreements to make their products work together better to serve corporate customers using both Linux and Windows computer servers..." With this "yet" another move by the Microsoft Corporation who will once against say to the European Commission who has threatened the U.S. based computer company with fines... "see ; we (Windows folks) have "interoperability" in the server space with the Linux folks -- so; now what, you cannot say that we don't because we now even have the Dell folks on our side to prove our point. In any case, since Windows (Code-Base OS/2) = Linux (Code-Base OS/2) = OS/2 Warp Server for eBusiness... how far is the fallen apple is expected to be from the root of the tree! What "Merry-Go-Round" This Is!
Posted by Commander_Spock (3123 comments )
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so what's your problem?
it's hard to understand.. if M$ wants to show/portray something with EU.. what's your problem man?

Why r u getting upset over this?

It's business as usual. isn't it?
Posted by nonicks (89 comments )
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too much time on the conspiracy playground
"Commander_Spock" has been spending too much time on the playground of conspiracy. I'm sure Microsoft with it's army of OS developers and the many Linux companies who pay developers to work on the open source OS will want to be alerted so they can RIF all those guys since the OS/2 code base will do nicely. And I'm sure IBM's board will want to know that their own uber-ubiquitous OS/2 Warp Server (tongue in cheek--for Spock"s benefit) could have saved them all that money they sunk into Linux; knowing now that it was such a colossal waste, they can fire all the executives who made such a stupid blunder. Go Big Blue!
Posted by tylerjensen (1 comment )
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Windows (Code-Base OS/2) = Linux (Code-Base OS/2) = OS/2 Warp???????????
Where exactly do you get that linux's codebase is os/2??? That's COMPLETELY false, linux was written from scratch to conform to the posix standard, thus loosely modeled after Unix. Windows codebase was mostly dos, os/2 wasn't released until 1987, LONG after dos and windows 1.0 had been written. Maybe you should get ur facts straight before flaming off on a board somewhere and thus putting your name on said statement for the rest of eternity :)

Have a WONDERFUL day, life is good lol.
Posted by jlaustill (19 comments )
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Clueless
Why do you worship a dead OS? OS/2 was good but it is dead. Deal with it.

And no, Linux is in no way based off of OS/2. Keep dreaming.
Posted by MSSlayer (1074 comments )
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Check this out
<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.levenez.com/unix/history.html#13" target="_newWindow">http://www.levenez.com/unix/history.html#13</a>

This shows the history behind Unix and all its derivatives. A really
neat chart.
Posted by weegg (849 comments )
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AWESOME
That's REALLY neat, printing as we speak to paste on my cubicle wall lol. AND it properly shows Linux as a branch of Minix, NOT OS/2 :)
Posted by jlaustill (19 comments )
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The E85 Scenario!
It is just like driving a motor vehicle with an 85/15 ratio of fossil fuel and ethanol; and, then again--if one's mother is of African American descent and your father if Anglo-American, then what are you. What are the composition of you genes? Do you wanna bet the "farm" that both Windows and Linux do not have OS/2 genes (Codes) in them or your E85 gas does not have a percentage of ethanol in it? That is the point that is being made with respect to Windows and Linux!
Posted by Commander_Spock (3123 comments )
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You call forking a positive thing? It's what ruined the Unix market!
And, now Linux will follow suit, further confusing customers in need of unified support. I just have to laugh!
Posted by WJeansonne (480 comments )
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2nd bad move for Dell
Picking Ubuntu for household desktops was a bad choice. openSuSE is the best consumer grade distro.

Secondly was getting in bed with MS in this crappy deal. They could have distributed SuSE without playing MS's games.

I suppose this idiotic decision is to keep Ballmer from crying and throwing chairs.

Dell needs to cut the strings that MS has on them.
Posted by MSSlayer (1074 comments )
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And the marketplace is voting
No matter what you may think about the underlying deal, let the marketplace take hold. And, it is. These arrangements remain way more preferable than the central planning of governments.
Posted by mwendy (64 comments )
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Slackware Linux is my favorite
I have been using slackware linux for a very long time, it is one of the distribution that didn't sell out and while it might not have the easiest windows and the prettiest for the installion part, it does everything you would expect from a good linux distribution.

However, if you are a beginner, you might not like it, but I did learn it as a beginner, because back in 1995, there was nothing else out there.
Posted by RompStar_420 (772 comments )
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Betting
How many people have an office pool going on how long it's going to take MS to stab Dell in the back?
Posted by Phillep_H (497 comments )
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Let's see...the question was posted at 10:57...oops, too late
The only un-answered question is how many millions Dell got to participate in this fraud...and how long they keep that in the face of market outrage.
Posted by avanabs (13 comments )
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The truth behind this move
The truth is that Elvis is actually coordinating this all from his space ship in orbit around Planet Conspiro.

Don't worry, we have Bigfoot and the Lochness monster on our side of defenders.
Posted by Vegaman_Dan (6683 comments )
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Ain't that the truth
How can I argue with that? Your facts are certainly indesputable and rock solid. No doubt you've beaten the punch on it being printed in that foundation of truth in professional journalism "The Weekly World News".
Posted by Seaspray0 (9714 comments )
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The truth behind this move
The truth is that Elvis is actually coordinating this all from his space ship in orbit around Planet Conspiro.

Don't worry, we have Bigfoot and the Lochness monster on our side of defenders.
Posted by Vegaman_Dan (6683 comments )
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What really happened
Bill Gates called up Dell and said, "Did I say you could think? No, I didn't think so."
Posted by thedreaming (573 comments )
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Bye bye to Dell, Novel (Suse) and MS
Could careless about any of these products now. For a long time MS was putting down Linux and wanted nothing to do with it. Then they tried like a snake to back stab them by having other companies spread FUD (that which they paid them for), then when that didn't work, they invested millions in cash to pay Novel so that they could use the Linux when all fail, as a backup plan.

Novel would be a fool to ever sell anything to MS, because they would do the same thing they did with DOS and backstab anything to make a buck.

That's their mentality for you, make a buck, lie, cheat, as long as at the end of the day you make a buck and profit builds.

No ethics what's so ever, you know that thing they teach you in college, "Ethic", you'll loose that if you get involved with them, they are like a crack dealer, don't care, as long as money is make and more pushing is made and volume build.

There is plenty of other Linux distros out there, Slackware, RedHat, Debian, Ubuntu, etc....

<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://distrocenter.linux.com/" target="_newWindow">http://distrocenter.linux.com/</a>

So the close pack of MS/Suse linux will never work as good as they are planning them to do, because they would have to change their behavior as they would no longer have a such a large market share, they would acctually have to become more humble and willing to change.
Posted by RompStar_420 (772 comments )
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Humble?
True, MS would have to change to play in the Linux world.

My recent run in with MS was like talking to a trained monkey. No clue how to treat a customer, just follow the script and hope that I go away. It's working. I'm going away.

I feel sorry for any of the employees who may have wanted to take the time and help me with the issue that I was having with the Emeral Empire. They are the ones stuck dispensing the scripted non answers.
Posted by Renegade Knight (13748 comments )
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Sold ALL My Dell Stock
Microsoft continues to dominate...it's GREAT to be an un-regulated monopoly! That said, this is another nail in the coffin of Dell, already under major pressure from the likes of HP. Fortunately for server customers, HP hasn't knuckled under this absurd agreement (yet).

I'd some hopes that when Michael took control of Dell again, they'd get back on track...guess it's not to be. I've also bought my very last Dell machine.
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