Novell bans proprietary Linux modules August 2, 2006Posted by rjdohnert in Tech News.
In a change of heart, Novell has ceased distributing proprietary software modules such as 3D video drivers that plug into the Linux kernel.
The change came with Novell’s Suse Linux Enterprise Server 10, released in July. With the move, Novell is aligning itself with the Free Software Foundation, which shuns proprietary software in general but in particular loathes proprietary modules that run as a component of the open-source Linux kernel.
My Thoughts; Ok with that news, I will no longer support, recommend or write any Linux code that targets the Novell platform. I used to be a SUSE user for a long time, despite my complaints about Novell and the way they do business, I still stuck with distro at home and even praised SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 as a major step up. Well, this and Greg Kroah-Hartman calling Binary modules illegal and unethical and the rest of their crap, Im done with em permanantly. This decision and direction by Novell, not only shows their hypocrisy it also shows how little they care about their customers and users. They are once again siding with an organization with purely political, and unbenificial views instead of supplying their customers with what some users very much need. Novell want to play politics, let em do so with one less user. If the Linux community, distributors and developers want Linux to truly succeed on the merits of the software they will need to learn to get along wikth proprietary software makers as well as the Open Source software makers.