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The Novell-Microsoft Wheeler Dealers Speak

Oct 01, 2007, 14:00 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pamela Jones)

"Novell is getting money, they claim, market share, although you will note Andy Updegrove challenges that story, pointing out that sales leveled off after the initial spike. But the main takeaway, as they might put it, for me is that this is an anti-Red Hat deal, and Novell is thrilled about that. Justin Steinman reveals that to market their SUSE Linux Enterprise Server against Red Hat they ask, 'Do you want the Linux that works with Windows? Or the one that doesn't?' It's just appalling. Let me ask you developers who are kernel guys a question: When you contributed code to the kernel, was it your intent that it be used against Red Hat? How about the rest of you developers? Is that all right with you, that your code is being marketed by Novell like that? I also have questions about antitrust issues, with Microsoft being Novell's partner in such deals and sales pitches. Nothing speaks louder about Microsoft's true determination never to be actually interoperable than this conference.

"They all speak marketdroid language, which I don't, so I'll just tell you that what I get from it is they have no idea the damage they have done..."

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