Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 30th Nov 2006 22:51 UTC
Novell and Ximian Novell on Nov. 30 announced its latest NetWare upgrade operating system, the Linux-powered Novell Open Enterprise Server 2. OES, which will be based on Novell's SLES 10, is designed to be a drop-in replacement for Novell NetWare servers, and a direct competitor to Microsoft's Server 2003.
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There's that linux hater!
by halfmanhalfamazing on Fri 1st Dec 2006 00:56 UTC
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Novell, they're at it again. Hating linux so much, clearly a microsoft tool. They hate linux so much they're staking their future on it.(and other OSS as well, of course)

*sarcasm* *sarcasm* *sarcasm*

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RE: There's that linux hater!
by crazybob on Fri 1st Dec 2006 02:25 in reply to "There's that linux hater!"
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I don't think they hate Linux but rather don't understand the FOSS community's ethics. The community at large expects the rest of the community to share, but what Novell did was really anti-community.

One statement made by Novell's CEO demonstrating this is he admits the deal, in business eyes, gives Novell an advantage over the competition. Competion meaning Red Hat, who just happens to be one of the suppliers of Novell's software, and who just happens to be a community member as well. Novell screwing Red Hat means Novell is screwing themselves down the road.

To me, it just didn't seem like Novell had any idea what they were doing because of the flippant attitude towards and the underestimation of the community's reaction as well as doing business with MS so willingly given MS's reputation and Novell's history with MS.

But I am sure Novell doesn't hate Linux. They just don't understand the community they rely on and became a part of.

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Ventajou Member since:

The community they rely on is called their customer base. Sorry to break the news to you but Novell is a business and they're in there to make money.

They don't back Linux out of charitable spirit but because they have decided that Linux would be part of their strategy. It is therefore important for them that Linux becomes better.

Whatever choices they make, they'll do it because:
- it gives them an advantage over the competition.
- it's a good PR/marketing move.
- it gives them a tax break.
- or whatever other reason they think will help bring them more cash in the long term.

Considering that Red Hat is in the business of server OS, then Red Hat is obviously a competitor. It is only natural that Novell tries to have an edge over them.

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jakesdad Member since:

Business's make deals all the time. The issue is, it is with MS... If Novell had made an agreement exactly like this with Redhat it wouldnt be an issue.

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RE: There's that linux hater!
by Sphinx on Fri 1st Dec 2006 17:47 in reply to "There's that linux hater!"
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Remember, hate to the dark side leads.

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