Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 8th Nov 2007 17:33 UTC, submitted by WillM
In the News One year after sealing their surprise alliance, Novell and Microsoft have announced an expansion of their technical collaboration to 'link together the existing Windows and Linux frameworks'. The firms will extend their existing collaboration to focus on virtualisation, standards-based management, directory and identity federation and document format compatibility. As part of this process, Microsoft said that both companies are 'now working closely' at the Microsoft and Novell Interoperability Lab in Massachusetts.
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RE[2]: Good for Novell!
by elsewhere on Fri 9th Nov 2007 05:40 UTC in reply to "RE: Good for Novell!"
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Anybody who thinks this is rabid 16 your old fanboy talk simply simply doesn't have the first clue about what's going on, and would be best served not commenting.

I agree with your post, but you're missing the argument.

You're one of the few people on this board that are actually familiar with Novell beyond their blogosphere linux involvement, most of the complaining comes from people who simply see MS as the Big Evil using Novell as an instrument in their destruction of linux through patent claims.

I think the MS/Novell deal was a mistake for many of the reasons you point out, because they're in the context of a business sense. I remember the glory days when I was selling Netware licenses like they were going out of style, and the Novell reps scoffed at the idea that anyone would every want to put NT in their server rooms. Novell took a deserved beating, as did a veritable army of many other market-leading vendors, for dismissing Microsoft's capability. To Novell's credit, they're one of the few that survived.

But the argument that most frequently comes up is that Novell is somehow undermining linux with the MS agreement because of the patent issue. That's simply balls off. That's where the 16 yo fanboy comment comes from, and it's mostly on the mark, because few of the posters can actually qualify their arguments, they're simply regurgitating cliches, hyperbole and groklaw dogma.

The Novell deal is questionable for business reasons, but is irrelevant for the philosophical or imaginary patent reasons everybody keeps dredging up.

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