Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Nov 2006 22:56 UTC
Novell and Ximian "Often cast as the peacemaker in free software disputes, Bruce Perens is on the warpath. When we caught up with him, he wasn't in a mood to be charitable to Novell. On Friday the Utah company, which markets the SuSE Linux distribution, revealed that it was entering into a partnership with Microsoft. Redmond would pay Novell an undisclosed sum in return for Novell recognizing Microsoft's intellectual property claims. Novell received a 'Covenant' promising that it wouldn't be sued by Microsoft."It's a case of 'Damn the people who write the software'", he told us. "Novell is in a desperate position - it has a smaller share of the market than Debian,"" he told The Register. Update: Novell responds to community's questions: here, here and here. Update 2: Havoc Pennington's take.
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I'm sure everyone saw this coming
by tsume on Tue 7th Nov 2006 23:12 UTC
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Heres a bit of history on suse. I do think the article is getting somewhere. I believe Novell is really struggling, and they're eventually going to fall this time.

I wasn't around much novell networks when the 'thing' was netware. I did hear about netware losing market share and there were several problems surrounding the netware protocol. Everybody seemed to be very disappointed at what happened and switched to other protocols. Microsoft did support the NetWare protocol in several of their windows versions, yet novell seemed to fail anyway.

When Novell bought SuSE, first thing came to mind, "Oh, they're trying to recover from their loss by buying a company." Before, SuSE was really good, but I knew tons of people switching from SuSE because of Novell purchasing them. Everyone was like, "Oh god, they're going to ruin another product." Which in turn has become true from the recent events.

Okay, next we have Novell funded projects and funding in to mono. Great. I'm just curious what they get out of it. If you go to the mono page, you can pay for support, which is cheap. No real type of profit here. The largest consumer I can think of is the makers of Second Life.

I scoffed at this too because I truly didn't believe the funding was in the interest of the community. It is in every business to earn income, however there is an image one must keep. When you have customers, it is very important to look like a good guy, not a corrupt businessman.

When they fired the CEO and hired a new one. I did listen to the conference, and one of the main reasons they canned him is the lack of emergence in to open source. One can't completely blame the CEO, but there always has to be a fall guy.

What does this history tell me? Novell has been struggling for years trying to make a profit. Personally I'd be curious what an investigation on the reported profits would result.

** please full in the history where needed, I don't look at every detail in novell**

Edited 2006-11-07 23:15

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