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Re: [opensuse-project] Invitation to OpenSUSE developers
- From: Andreas Jaeger <aj@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 24 Nov 2006 20:14:00 +0100
- Message-id: <m3lkm08xon.fsf@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Mark Shuttleworth <mark@xxxxxxxxxx> writes:
> If you have an interest in being part of a vibrant community that cares
> about keeping free software widely available and protecting the rights
> of people to get it free of charge, free to modify, free of murky
> encumbrances and “undisclosed balance sheet liabilities”, then please do
> join us.
We do share these goals as well.
> I know that posting this message to an OpenSUSE list will be
> controversial. I'm greatly respectful of the long tradition of
> excellence in the SuSE product and community and have no desire to
> undermine that with this post. That said, I think the position taken by
> Novell leadership in their contract with Microsoft is hugely
> disrespectful of the contributions of thousands of GPL programmers and
> contributors to SuSE, and I know that many are looking for a new place
> to get involved that is not subject to the same arbitrary executive
> intervention. Ubuntu is one option, as are Gentoo, Debian and other
> communities. Please accept this mail in that spirit.
There's been a lot of confusion and misrepresentation - and maybe not
the best reaction from Novell to all the concerns and fears that the
contract raised - but I do see us on the same side: as part of the
open source community.
Mark, I'd like to invite you to discuss what possibilities we have to
work together against the domination of Microsoft on the desktops -
instead of fighting against each other.
I would prefer to see more users switching from Windows to Linux than
just Linux users switching distributions.
Project Lead openSUSE distribution
Andreas Jaeger, aj@xxxxxxx, http://www.suse.de/~aj/
SUSE Linux Products GmbH, Maxfeldstr. 5, 90409 Nürnberg, Germany
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