"Basically, the thrust of Novell's plan for the future is to
focus on two areas: Linux in the enterprise and their enterprise
management services. The first part is fairly straightforward:
Novell wants Linux (theirs) in as many different machines as
"The second prong, highlighted by CEO Ron Hovsepian in his
keynote, is where the whole interoperability plan with Microsoft
falls. And while Hovsepian was pretty soft-spoken during his entire
keynote, you could hear a little steel in his voice when he
emphasized that the entire reason for the partnership with
Microsoft was entirely done for the customers.
"The fact that it also kicked open a lot of big-name customer
doors? That was like friends with benefits..."