Novell: The Avis of Open Source?

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| Whenever The VAR Guy hears chatter about Novell, he thinks of Avis — the
| Number 2 rental car company that proudly declares “We try harder” as it
| pursues the market leader (Hertz, er, Red Hat).
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http://techiqmag.com/2007/11/12/nove...f-open-source/

Novell upbeat as Linux catches on in China

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| Steve Ballmer at Microsoft can be quite eccentric at times — although in
| fairness he is apparently an unassuming family man who is a decent cove — and
| the mention of the operating system Linux makes him come over strange.
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http://www.chinaeconomicreview.com/i...s-on-in-china/

Steve Ballmer looks like a lizard in this photo. He's probably excited because
Novell passes him 'Linux tax'. It's an anti-Ubuntu and anti-Red Hat deal.


Related:

Why Novell fan left NetWare, SUSE behind

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| For the most part, Red Hat -- though a proprietary products vendor
| -- stays true to the community spirit of open source software. For
| instance, Red Hat bought Netscape Directory Server and threw it
| on open source and gave it to the community, Klein said.
|
| "Once I bought into the community, I became
| community-oriented. That's Red Hat's strength, and that's
| where Novell falls short. To me, it looks like Novell just
| uses Linux as an entry to selling proprietary products to
| put on top of it. As for open source, it looks like Novell
| tosses its dead products out to the community."
|
| The partnership between Microsoft and Novell takes that approach
| -- using Linux as a hook to sell proprietary products -- a giant
| leap forward, in Klein?s opinion.
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http://enterpriselinuxlog.blogs.tech...e-suse-behind/
http://tinyurl.com/2bt25h


Novell deal yields dividends - for Red Hat

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| A "sizeable number" of developers have jumped ship from Novell to Red
| Hat, according to Scott Crenshaw, the senior director for product
| management and marketing at Red Hat.
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http://www.itwire.com.au/content/view/10502/1090/


Red Hat sets limits to Microsoft interoperability spiel

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| Red Hat will only sign an interoperability agreement with Microsoft if
| it is based entirely on open standards, the company's executive vice
| president of Engineering Paul Cormier told vnunet.com.
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http://www.computing.co.uk/vnunet/ne...mits-microsoft


Red Hat’s Szulik comments on EU vs. Microsoft

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| Red Hat dropped me a note this morning in response to the European’s
| Commission’s smack down of Microsoft. I don’t know if Red Hat CEO Matthew
| Szulik was toasting champagne while he fired off this response, but it would
| have totally made sense if he was. *
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http://enterpriselinuxlog.blogs.tech...-vs-microsoft/


Red Hat Advocates True Interoperability and Competition

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| "Microsoft continues to deny open source providers access to and use of the
| interoperability information that now clearly must be provided. Red Hat
| strongly encourages the Commission to take the steps required to assure rapid
| implementation of a remedy that gives broad and equitable access to Microsoft
| interoperability information to all competitors, including open source
| providers. Red Hat firmly believes that competition, not questionable patent
| and trade secret claims, drives innovation and creates greater consumer
| value," said Michael Cunningham, Executive Vice President and General Counsel
| at Red Hat. * * * *
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http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/070918/20070918005511.html?.v=1


Red Hat’s Szulik comments on EU vs. Microsoft

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| Red Hat dropped me a note this morning in response to the European’s
| Commission’s smack down of Microsoft. I don’t know if Red Hat CEO Matthew
| Szulik was toasting champagne while he fired off this response, but it would
| have totally made sense if he was.
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http://enterpriselinuxlog.blogs.tech...-vs-microsoft/


Red Hat Advocates True Interoperability and Competition

,----[ Quote ]
| "Microsoft continues to deny open source providers access to and use of the
| interoperability information that now clearly must be provided. Red Hat
| strongly encourages the Commission to take the steps required to assure rapid
| implementation of a remedy that gives broad and equitable access to Microsoft
| interoperability information to all competitors, including open source
| providers. Red Hat firmly believes that competition, not questionable patent
| and trade secret claims, drives innovation and creates greater consumer
| value," said Michael Cunningham, Executive Vice President and General Counsel
| at Red Hat.
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http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/070918/20070918005511.html?.v=1


Halloween Memo I Confirmed and Microsoft's History on Standards

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| By the way, if you are by any chance trying to figure out Microsoft's policy
| toward standards, particularly in the context of ODF-EOXML, that same
| Microsoft page is revelatory, Microsoft's answer to what the memo meant when
| it said that Microsoft could extend standard protocols so as to deny
| Linux "entry into the market":
|
| Q: The first document talked about extending standard protocols as a way
| to "deny OSS projects entry into the market." What does this mean?
|
| A: To better serve customers, Microsoft needs to innovate above standard
| protocols. By innovating above the base protocol, we are able to deliver
| advanced functionality to users. An example of this is adding
| transactional support for DTC over HTTP. This would be a value-add and
| would in no way break the standard or undermine the concept of standards,
| of which Microsoft is a significant supporter. Yet it would allow us to
| solve a class of problems in value chain integration for our Web-based
| customers that are not solved by any public standard today. Microsoft
| recognizes that customers are not served by implementations that are
| different without adding value; we therefore support standards as the
| foundation on which further innovation can be based.
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http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?s...70127202224445