"'We will compete against Microsoft in some areas, while
cooperating in others,' said Susan Heystee, Novell's VP of
strategic alliances, reflecting remarks also made by several other
top Novell officials at Novell's BrainShare users show this week.
Specifically, Novell intends to compete in areas that include the
desktop, virtualization, and management tools, despite the deal
struck by the two big software vendors last fall.
"'We plan to compete aggressively with Microsoft on the
desktop,' according to Michael Applebaum, senior product marketing
manager at Novell. Beyond providing a full range of thick and thin
clients, Novell will distinguish its desktop on the basis of price,
he said, during one of a series of interviews with LinuxPlanet.
"Carlos Monero-Luque, Novell's VP of product management for open
source software, dubbed Novell's SUSE Linux Client, rolled out this
week, 'the $50 desktop with the $500 attitude...'"