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Re: [SLE] Oracle-Novella
  • From: James Knott <james.knott@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 19 Apr 2006 20:49:14 -0400
  • Message-id: <4446DA8A.3060800@xxxxxxxxxx>
Jerry Feldman wrote:
> On Wednesday 19 April 2006 3:13 pm, Steven Pasternak wrote:
>> I think that it would be a good thing if Oracle bought Novell. I am no
>> business-buff, but since Oracle is a big company, it probably has big $.
>> I think that the only way to replace M$ in the desktop would be
>> advertising, which needs big $.
> I think that having Oracle owning Novell (or another Linux distro) may be
> good or bad depending on how you see things.
> I'm not so sure that advertising alone is needed. One of the things that
> would help is if one or more of the major PC vendors would offer Linux
> installed as an option. But, that probably will not happen. The contracts
> that these companies have with Microsoft would be jeopardized. HP did offer
> one of their business laptops with Linux preinstalled, but no longer. But,
> both IBM, HP, and SGI offer Linux preinstalled on their servers.

What about Lenovo? They're based in China, which is pushing Linux.
Also, there was a law passed their recently, requiring all computers
sold in China to have a properly licenced OS installed. What can be
cheaper for a manufacturer to install than Linux?

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