It’s in all the news of course: IBM is collaborating with Red Hat and Novell to offer “Microsoft-free” PCs. That’s not news (at least not in the blogosphere, which has had the story for a few days now).
However, the story does highlight something that I think is important to note. Namely, the near revolt by many Linux users against Novell for the Microsoft/Novell partnership is proving to be much adieu about nothing. Moreover, for Novell, it is not necessarily a bad deal. I have not seen any numbers coming out of the deal, but it is at least nice that Novell can claim the partnership when they are pushing for a big deal in a Microsoft-heavy shop.
All that said, let us not forget that there is something to be said about “either being for me or against me,” and some may feel that applies here. What do you think?