While many readers prefer long posts with substance, some would settle for short ones, if not just links. We have recently been thinking of having a links digest integrated into the Web site. While it is still under consideration, this will remain just a short post with a pointer to a Novell/Microsoft cartoon. To keep this sufficiently long, here’s a SUSE rant as well.
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In short, Microsoft promises not to sue you for using the Microsoft Office Open XML formats in your software. But this promise only applies to patents Microsoft may have in the explicit parts of the Microsoft Office Open XML specification and which are described in detail there. It would not cover those parts essential to implementation which are merely referenced in the specification and lying outside the specification. See the language, “only the required portions of the…specification”, emphasized below.
The closer we look at some recent developments, the more we become skeptic on the deal. We wish to present two recent ‘exhibits’, which will hopefully help you make proper judgment based on developers’ behaviour.
One of the things you’ll notice quickly is that by default, Windows Vista will not map samba shares – nor can you use Samba as a PDC (Primary Domain Controller). This is due to the default security policy of Windows Vista only using NTLMv2 for authentication – something Samba doesn’t support as yet.
This relates to a fairly recent interview where Allison said Microsoft engineers had been told to “f**k with Samba”.
The more recent news comes from LinuxWorld. Once again, Linux takes the back seat and interoperability gets broken, not improved.
In a nutshell, Exchange 2007 can’t run on Microsoft’s most current virtualization software… In any case, users are already reacting, especially in regards to virtualization, which has become a hot bed of networking activity, as well as, a major area of competition for Microsoft with VMWare and open source Xen on Linux platforms.
Novell is piggybacking on its recently announced Linux based partnership with Microsoft to promote its new Zenworks interoperable solution for the management of virtual machines in the corporate environment.
Industry analyst Richard Ptak, one of the principals in Ptak, Noel, & Associates said Novell’s introduction of a “desktop to data center management solution” might have been significant if it had been announced “eighteen months or even one year ago” stated Ptak.
“Novell is not tops here, right. They are way behind where IBM and HP and EMC are in the breath and depth of solutions.”
Offering management solutions for virtual machines is a new and hot market, but Novell is following in the footsteps of other already established players in the systems and server management marketplace that are specifically focused on virtualization, process management and asset management, Ptak explained.
“It is certainly good that they are in the marketplace. [Novell] talks about being able to manage Vista and Novell’s version of SuSE Linux. But it doesn’t really mean much in terms of the platform manageability.”