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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Novell uses Linux because Linux is more advanced than what Novell had prior. It's that simple. Novell needs Linux, not the other way around.

Now, for your statement about the community they rely on is their customer base, that's the exact reason why Novell is being abandoned by large segments of the OSS/FOSS community. Let them keep thinking that, especially when SUSE and Novell are the piriah of OSS and as a consequence having to support forks of all the projects that have abandoned them.

The whole problem with your post is IMO you don't understand OSS/FOSS like Novell doesn't. Novell isn't in a vacuum, nor are they an island. Novell is a BIT player, a big one, but still a bit player in a larger community.

Novell acted in a way that bettered themselves at the expense of the community. And not only did the put the preasure on Red Hat, they also put the pressure on ALL developers, users, and supporters of Linux, OSS, and FOSS, including themselves in 5-6 years. Pressure a certain monopoly wants to use to either kill, tax, or embrace & extend many OSS projects with.

Novell shot itself in the foot because it acted just like you said they should as a business who doesn't care about it's suppliers. I've read comments and posts from others who are not Novell customers but Novell uses their software and they are not happy. Not one bit. And it's going to bite Novell in the ass if they don't hurry up and make amends with the community they've offended.

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