Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th Aug 2007 21:37 UTC
Novell and Ximian In the wake of last week's ruling that Novell, and not SCO, controls the copyrights covering UNIX, Novell is reassuring Unix users that it has no plans to follow in SCO's footsteps. Given that the company is no longer in the business of selling UNIX, it has no reason to pursue any copyright claims.
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sbergman27
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2005-07-24

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Novell is one company that hasn't really acted that way in the past, but you are sure they'll do it in the future.
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I suspect so, yes. They've not done anything to make me think that they will *not* take the short-sighted view, as most corps seem to do when things get tough. And my crystal ball shows things getting very tough, indeed, for Novell in the future.

Edited 2007-08-15 23:47

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jakesdad Member since:
2005-12-28

why would things get tough for Novell in the future?

If anything happens IBM would just buy them. IBM already has one foot in the door there anyway.

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sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

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If anything happens IBM would just buy them.
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Is there an echo in here? I think I just heard a phrase from 2003. IBM would just buy them?

If the community trusts Novell so much, we might *really* be in trouble! ;-)

Edit: And if the community really trusts IBM, in the long run, we're sunk.

Edited 2007-08-16 00:19

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butters Member since:
2005-07-08

IBM won't buy a Linux vendor. Let me provide some insight into IBM's corporate culture. This is a company that watches its partners and competitors come and go over the years while it remains the iconic leader of business technology. If Novell fails, it will be survived by other Linux vendors. If Linux fails, it will be survived by other operating systems.

The industry will change, and IBM will float with the currents. The only thing that can harm IBM is sticking to its guns when everybody else is moving on. If Novell's time is up, then IBM will move on along with everybody else. They already made their bet-the-company move back in the 60s. They don't need to do it ever again.

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BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

"suspect so, yes. They've not done anything to make me think that they will *not* take the short-sighted view, as most corps seem to do when things get tough"

Haven't really haven't done anything to make me think that they will, and they've been losing marketshare for years. They've owned the Unix copyrights for long enough to make me think that if they haven't done it now, they probably won't.

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sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

I suggest that we wait and see. I doubt that Novell knew they owned the copyrights until the SCO thing blew in and they looked into the details.

I'm not saying that they will turn around and assert their rights tomorrow. But their battle with Microsoft has not gone well. When push comes to shove, if the board feels that they have value, you can bet that they will move to "monetize" them. Possibly under a new chairman if the stockholders decide to oust Hovsepian as they did Messman. Stockholders (that's you and me) become ugly, cold, heartless creatures when they put their stockholder's caps on.

And remember. You don't have to have a case to sue. SCO had less of one than Novell. We're at over 4 and a half years now.

So I say watch and wait, and we can revisit the issue when they decide to act.

Edited 2007-08-16 12:58

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