eWeek: Is Novell Committed to Open Source?
Jan 07, 2004, 22:00 (18 Talkback[s])
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"With the acquisition of SuSE and Ximian, Novell has made a
serious investment in the idea that a software company can make
money without exclusively owning the code it sells. Novell now
leads a number of important open-source projects, but its approach
to licensing the proprietary software it controls will be the true
test of the company's commitment to its new path.
"Here's a recommendation for getting things off to a good start:
Novell should set the Ximian Connector free. Ximian Connector for
Microsoft Exchange is a piece of software that enables Evolution,
Ximian's popular Linux and Unix groupware application, to function
as a client for Microsoft Exchange 2000 and 2003. Alone among
Ximian's product offerings, the Connector is distributed under a
proprietary license. The software costs $69 per machine, it may not
be modified and its source code is not publicly available..."