[oclug] Proprietary Caldera ?
amoamasam at sympatico.ca
Mon Jan 22 00:46:32 EST 2001
On Sun, 21 Jan 2001, burns wrote:
> Dave Edwards wrote:
> > It's not very surprising: Caldera's always been the least committed to
> > Open Source/Free Software. As for disturbing, as one of the response
> > letters on the page notes, Caldera's a factor in the U.S. more than
> > anywhere else. However, given that they are aiming at the office and the
> > desktop, and that they apparently have quite an edge in the ease-of-use
> > department, it could be seen as a *propietary wedge.* In other words, it
> > may be possible that new users will first meet, or drift to, Caldera, and
> > that is what they will expect from this Linux thing.
> Geez Dave, that's neither charitable nor accurate.
> First, you may be surprised at the extent to which they HAVE contributed
> to the community. Below are two extracts from Caldera's white paper on
Again, I'm not very surprised. Maybe "committed" was the wrong word. I
meant only that Caldera has few scruples re. bundling prop. software with
their distro. That aside, Caldera *has* contributed a lot.
> Second, Much of Caldera's hard core development work is done inGermany,
> where they have a large team of developers and an expanding
> They also are the ONLY Linux distro (other than Corel) to have
> established a full time office (i.e. with Caldera employees not
> franchisees) in Canada. They also are fairly popular in Australia. >
I was referring to the market power of RH and its derivatives.
> It should be noted that I have a certain bias toward Caldera and their
> products. But if Caldera is way out of line I will also be the first to
> say so, including to them. However, I also think that when we criticize,
> it really should be done fairly and from a position of some knowledge -
> otherwise it is too easy to dismiss.
With all due respect, I think perhaps your bias makes you a little
sensitive. My remarks were only speculations ("may be possible," "could
be seen"). :)
I would sincerely like to know more about your bias, though. [How] are you
involved with Caldera?
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