"When Novell's BrainShare users' show opens its doors this
Sunday, Microsoft will be on hand for the first time ever. With and
without this controversial, recently minted partner, Novell will
issue announcements around SUSE Linux in areas that include
products, training, and new customer wins, say company sources. But
also in Salt Lake City, the site of the annual Novell shindig, open
source advocate Bruce Perens will throw a 'Rain on Novell's Parade'
press conference protesting the Novell-Microsoft agreement first
unveiled in November of last year.
"And could a bit of discontent be brewing elsewhere, too? A
month after Novell and Microsoft forged their alliance last fall,
the two companies teamed up with Sun Microsystems and about 20
other companies to form the Interop Vendor Alliance. Microsoft will
serve as a platinum sponsor of BrainShare 2007, said Bruce Lowry, a
Novell spokesperson. But Sun won't be exhibiting at BrainShare at