A market is considered to be in a healthy state when the needs of the client intersect with the ability and reward for the developers, as well as its company’s goals. It’s a symbiotic relationship where, ideally, everyone is pleased and all privileges are honoured.
Can you recall the days when Novell stated that it would transform into an Open Source company? That vision appears to be valid no more. According to this interview with a top executive, Novell strives to remain a “mixed source” company, i.e. one which combines proprietary and Open Source solutions. This may be no exception to what companies like Google are doing. However, it does demonstrate the difference between vendors which cherish their community and those which exploit it. Novell, due to its proprietary roots perhaps, can never truly embrace the community in the same way as Red Hat, or even Canonical and Mandriva. Linspire—maybe. Never count of Novell to escape customer imprisonment, from which it benefited and on which it capitalised over the years. Below lies the gist of the article.
Novell: We’re a ‘mixed-source’ company
Novell’s controversial pact with Microsoft reflects the desire of the number two Linux seller to position itself as a mixed-source company.