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Novell's CEO: Painted Into A Corner?

Aug 13, 2007, 22:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Panettieri)

"Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian is calling for a standardized way to develop Linux applications across multiple distributions (Novell, Red Hat, etc.). Hmmm. Hovsepian's motivations are easy to understand--Novell badly trails Red Hat when it comes to Linux application support. But will anybody answer his call for help?

"That's doubtful. Hovsepian painted Novell into a corner when the company agreed to partner with Microsoft on Linux-Windows interoperability last year. Some mutual Microsoft-Novell customers are certainly benefiting from the deal. But the partnership's focus on patents upset many members of the open source community..."

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