Novell's CEO: Painted Into A Corner?
Aug 13, 2007, 22:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Panettieri)
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"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..."