Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Novell and Microsoft’s deal - A Call to Action

Filed under
SUSE

Novell bit the hand that feeds it. The Novell/Microsoft announcement reminds me of the saying, “Communism is a great concept, on paper”. This deal sounds nice, especially to the uninformed. A kinder, gentler Microsoft had a hard look in the mirror, and using the words of Rodney King said, “Can’t we all just get along?”. They and Novell worked out a way to help Microsoft and Linux to work together. If you can’t beat them, join them. Microsoft loves its customers and recognized that they were using Linux. Why not join Novell and make it easier for their customers to use a competitor?

It was clear what Microsoft’s motivations were. They made a covenant to not sue any developer as long as you are, in their term, a “Non-Compensated Individual Hobbyist Developer”. Thanks! As long as I develop software and do not share it with anyone or receive compensation for it, Microsoft pledges not to sue me. Novell really has helped out the community with this deal! What they are saying is who they may sue, namely, anyone who creates Free Software not using the Microsoft approved channel. The implication is that there are patent violations, but we are left guessing as to what these are. This helps to create fear to companies who may have considered a switch to Linux. It looks to them that they can either run Novell’s Linux or possibly get sued.

If this was truly about partnership and acceptance of Linux, why from day one were lawsuits being discussed?

Full Story.

Sydney Novell user group welcomes MS deal

The president of the Sydney Novell User Group (SNUG) expects end users to benefit from Novell's new relationship with software giant Microsoft, but remains suspicious about Redmond's intentions.

David Hayes believes the most obvious benefit will be from Novell and Microsoft employees dealing with customers using each others' products.

Microsoft currently doesn't answer queries from its customers about Novell's software but this is set to change. "Microsoft will no longer push service calls to Novell when they know there's an answer," Hayes told ZDNet Australia.

"I think that culture might take time to actually filter through their service technical departments, to say: if you know the answer, give it out," he added.

Full Story.

----
You talk the talk, but do you waddle the waddle?

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

More in Tux Machines

Canonical Releases Snapcraft 2.12 Snaps Creator with New Parts Ecosystem, More

Today, June 29, 2016, Canonical has had the great pleasure of announcing the release of the highly anticipated Snapcraft 2.12 Snappy creator tool for the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Read more

AMDGPU-PRO Driver 16.30 Officially Released with Support for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Today, June 29, 2016, AMD released the final version of the AMDGPU-Pro 16.30 graphics driver for GNU/Linux operating systems, bringing support for new technologies like the Vulkan API. Read more

Red Hat News

Peppermint 7 Released

Peppermint 7 launched a few days ago. Peppermint is a lightweight Ubuntu-based Linux distribution with an emphasis on speed and simplicity. Although the name is similar to Linux Mint, the projects aren't directly related. Peppermint originally was envisioned as a "spicier" alternative to Mint—whatever that means! Many distros come with a wide assortment of feature-rich applications, and that's great for power users who need those apps. But older machines can struggle to cope with those demanding distros. Peppermint solves the problem by offering a carefully curated suite of web apps that perform tasks traditionally handled by native apps. It's an approach that will be familiar to any Chromebook users reading this article. Read more