Sure, We'd Be Happy to Pre-install Some MSN.com Links on the SUSE Desktop
Whatever goodwill Dell open-source community gained after selecting Ubuntu as its desktop Linux distribution just went up in smoke like an Incenderon laptop. This morning the PC maker joined the controversial Windows-Linux partnership established last year by Microsoft and Novell. Under the terms of the deal, Dell will market and provide migration support for Novell’s SUSE Linux software. Which is interesting because Dell already offers a competing version of Linux from Red Hat to corporate customers. But I suppose things like that are easy to overlook when Microsoft and Novell are talking up their big Wal-Mart deal. Tough break for Red Hat. “From Novell’s perspective, I think it’s fair to say that having Dell on board does give the whole relationship [with Microsoft] more credibility,” IDC analyst Al Gillen told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. “At some level, it puts a certain amount of subtle, but slight, pressure on Red Hat.”
Anyway, the move will likely be viewed with some distaste by the Linux community, which has denounced the Novell-Microsoft deal as a sort of Hitler-Stalin alliance against Oracle and Red Hat or, worse, as undermining the open-source movement by pitting one Linux distributor–Novell–against the rest of the Linux community.