Novell uses Microsoft FUD to market itself

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| That these claims also could be taken to mean that Novell is developing a
| non-standard Linux, one that is skewed only towards working with Windows,
| appears to have escaped Novell.
|
| In other words, Novell has an "in" with Microsoft which Red Hat does not;
| Utah and Redmond are in bed together and Red Hat is an intruder.
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http://www.itwire.com.au/content/view/14695/1091/

Also said to be lying:

Are sales pitches reality?

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| Groklaw has unleashed a blogstorm against Novell, based on a sales pitch
| being used to push clients toward Novell’s SUSE Linux and away from Red Hat.
|
| [...]
|
| And just how serious an offense is a little white lie inserted into a sales
| pitch, anyway? Aren’t college coaches constantly tossing around such
| insinuations to get kids to sign with their schools? Isn’t that what
| marketing is all about? Isn’t that what political ads are all about?
|
| I think to a lot of people in the open source movement the answer to these
| last questions is no. Or rather, NO!
|
| Credibility is something you either have or you don’t have. It’s not
| something you can have in one department and not have in another. It’s
| something you earn, and must keep earning, every day, and something you can
| lose in a Mike Vick minute.
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http://blogs.zdnet.com/open-source/?p=1484


Recent:

The Novell-Microsoft Wheeler Dealers Speak

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| But the main takeaway, as they might put it, for me
| is that this is an anti-Red Hat deal, and Novell is thrilled about that.
| Justin Steinman reveals that to market their SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
| against Red Hat they ask, "Do you want the Linux that works with Windows? Or
| the one that doesn't?" It's just appalling. Let me ask you developers who are
| kernel guys a question: When you contributed code to the kernel, was it your
| intent that it be used against Red Hat? How about the rest of you developers?
| Is that all right with you, that your code is being marketed by Novell like
| that? I also have questions about antitrust issues, with Microsoft being
| Novell's partner in such deals and sales pitches. Nothing speaks louder about
| Microsoft's true determination never to be actually interoperable than this
| conference. * * * * * *
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http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?s...70930081040440


How much is Microsoft's patent protection worth?

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| Novell has a duty to the community to sell its excellent open-source software
| for what it is: excellent open-source software. It should not (as it does -
| I've talked with its salespeople - and which it has gone on the record as
| noting that it does) use lame patent FUD and equally lame patent protection
| to sell that software. It does not need to. We don't expect better of
| Microsoft - it has been competing this way for decades. But we should expect
| and get more from one of our own. * * *
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http://blogs.cnet.com/8301-13505_1-9...bj=TheOpenRoad


Microsoft’s virtualization hypervisor needs Red Hat support, too

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| * * With efforts such as the interoperability lab, Microsoft is reinforcing
| * * its promise that when its hypervisor actually ships — now slated for late
| * * 2008 — Novell’s SLES-based virtual machines will sing nicely on the
| * * Windows server platform. *
|
| * * That’s not all. On Sept 12, Microsoft and Sun also announced an expansion
| * * of their alliance in which the two companies will ensure that Sun’s
| * * Solaris VMs runs well on Windows and Windows runs well in a virtualized
| * * state on Solaris. *
|
| * * But what about Red Hat’s Xen-based virtual machines?
|
| * * The competitive standoff with Red Hat notwithstanding, Microsoft must
| * * realize by now that unless it extends the same level of compatibility to
| * * Red Hat Enterprise Linux and all other Linux distributions on its
| * * hypervisor that this gesture at interoperability is meaningless. *
|
| * * Microsoft’s alliance with XenSource once provided some measure of
| * * confidence that Red Hat would run as well on Viridian as Novell’s Linux.
| * * But Citrix’s planned acquisition of the open source XenSource calls that
| * * into question. *
|
| * * Citrix is one of Microsoft’s closest longtime allies in the proprietary
| * * software world and to date has not participated in the open source
| * * market. As Microsoft announced the planned release of the Viridian CTP
| * * yesterday at VMWorld, for example, it also unveiled an extended
| * * virtualization alliance with Citrix to standardize on Microsoft’s Virtual
| * * Hard Disk Format as a common run-time environment for virtualized
| * * operating systems and applications. That’s not surprising, given
| * * Microsoft’s former agreement with XenSource on VHD. * * *
|
| * * But the tightening triumverate of Microsoft, Novell and Citrix — three
| * * longtime proprietary software companies cooperating on virtualization
| * * technology — makes more than a few open source advocates and customers
| * * uneasy. *
|
| * * And the agreement with Sun on Wednesday — ensuring Solaris Linux runs
| * * well on Windows virtualization hypervisor — leaves Red Hat alone in the
| * * cold. *
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http://blogs.zdnet.com/open-source/?p=1415