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Novell, Red Hat War Gets Uglier

May 02, 2007, 14:00 (4 Talkback[s])

"The back-and-forth rhetoric between Linux companies Red Hat and Novell has reached a new intensity, with top executives lobbing verbal grenades at each other over Novell's decision last year to enter into a cooperation agreement with Microsoft.

"The latest row began when Mark Webbink, Red Hat's corporate counsel, wrote a magazine article comparing the Novell-Microsoft deal to then-British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's appeasement of Hitler prior to World War II. The remark was an escalation of previous statements from Red Hat executives, criticizing Novell for violating terms of the Linux general public license by signing the agreement with Microsoft..."

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