Some personal thoughts from a tech-support guy....
Last week Novell and Microsoft surprised me, as much as the rest of the world, with the announcement of the partnership between the two.
You might understand that as a Novell employee I've got an additional interest in what happens here, so over the past week I've been watching the news messages and have been reading many blog posts available on the web. As a ZENworks specialist (running SLED on my main workstation, running my VMware images on two SLES boxes but having many of my customers using Windows as their desktop or server) I consider myself to be natural on discussions around Windows v.s. Linux, maybe this is why I'm so surprised about some of the reactions I've seen in the past week.
The great thing about Linux is that it's open, the source code for additional development that adds functionality or resolves some issues needs to be contributed to the community so that others are able to use whatever you have done. Over the past few years Novell has had many engineers contributing to many open source projects, at the same time we have seen several legal issues around Linux where Novell has positioned it self as pro Linux.
Somehow Linux has grown and somehow the importance of Linux at enterprise customers has grown a lot over the last few years. Also for Microsoft, Linux has become more and more important and somehow also for them it's interesting to work together with a partner like Novell in order to make their software work together with thing's like Linux, XEN and OpenOffice. Now Novell made an agreement with Microsoft, effectively not that much changed for the Linux community, still Novell isn't allowed to add any patented stuff into Linux as that would get Novell's Linux business into problems, the work that Microsoft and Novell will do on open source projects needs to be back in the open again so no change there either, Novell and Microsoft agreed not to sue each others customers but that doesn't make thing's any different for non-Novell customers.
Now back to my topic, while reading the news messages and blog posts in the last week I am wondering if it's so bad not to be anti-Microsoft while working with Linux? I wonder what is more important for many of the people responding, being anti-Microsoft or being pro-Linux.
What do you think, is it possible to be pro-Linux without being anti-Microsoft?