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 would be outrage, yes, but not as much. The difference is MS's business model depends on being the only player which means where Microsoft wants to play, Linux and everyone else can't.

Given Novell's history with them, you'd think they would know better. MS didn't make this deal because it was good for customers, they made it because they're playing a chess match against Linux and the GPL. It's not clear yet why, but it's certain there is a reason.

My guess is they want to create an environment where MS can collect patent royalties from OSS users, kill off projects they don't want competition in, and 'pay to play' or _get out_ of the market to businesses/comptetitors/independant developers they don't like.

Red Hat would never make a deal like that anyways. They started off as OSS/FOSS and know better. Novell is a traditional corp and this is just another business deal. The problem is hypothetical situations are just that. Here, in the reality, where we're talking about MS, it's a totally different story.

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