Microsoft, Novell reported in Linux accord

Michael Torrie torriem at chem.byu.edu
Fri Nov 3 20:11:28 MST 2006


On Fri, 2006-11-03 at 21:52 -0500, Grant Shipley wrote:
> Red Hat responds -- titled "Unthinkable"
> 
> http://www.redhat.com/promo/believe/

Very interesting.  I hope that RedHat is right.  Of course they are in a
much better position than Novell was.  

<conspiracy theory>
I think Microsoft must own a controlling interest in Novell.  There's no
other way to explain what has happened with regards to Novell and
everything they've ever touched.  Observe:

- Novell buys Wordperfect and subsequently runs it into the ground,
loses most of its market share, then sells it off.  The reason?  Before
Novell bought Wordperfect, it was a viable contender against Office and
even had a majority market share at one time.  After it almost as
insignificant as OpenOffice.
- Novell buys Unix System Laboratories, consequently dilutes the brand
to nothing, sells it off piece-meal, lays the foundation for the SCO
situation.  Rather than moving their Novell file serving platform to
unixware, which is what they should have done (their server OS was
obsolete years ago), they wallowed in indecision, watching their once
dominant market share dwindle to Microsoft
- Novell partners with Microsoft to license key patents to technologies
such as wine, mono, and samba, ensuring that some of the most
progressive and exciting linux technologies are firmly under Microsoft's
control and tax.  

Interesting stuff.

Michael

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