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02.12.07

Novell News from the Past Week

Posted in FUD, IBM, Novell, Red Hat, Servers, Virtualisation, Windows at 5:19 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

For those who keep abreast of things, here are some recent news stories and press releases that relate to Novell. It’s largely positive.

Novell Training Services to Use Paragon Software Group’s NTFS for Linux 5.0

The partnership is expected to give both Novell and Paragon customers “real-world” Experience

Novell Maps ITIL Processes to Technology With Desktop-to-Data Center Management Blueprint

Novell today announced its Desktop-to-Data Center Management Blueprint, based on ITIL services and built on open standards.
The management blueprint is the next step in Novell’s commitment to offer the industry’s most comprehensive
cross-platform management solutions. The blue

IBM aims to lower cost of using Linux, Apple PCs

The product — which the company calls its “Open Client Offering” — pulls together software IBM has developed in-house and with partners Novell Inc. and Red Hat Inc. to answer questions over the cost-effectiveness of managing Linux or Apple desktop PCs alongside Windows PCs.

Novell offers faster virtualized Windows

Novell and Intel plan to announce Monday software that improves the performance of Windows running atop the Xen virtualization software.

[brace yourselves for the mandatory delivery of FUD…]

In addition, Novell plans to announce that through its patent and technology partnership with Microsoft, rival Microsoft will provide joint technical support for customers running Windows Server 2003 R3 atop a platform of Xen from SLES.

“Patent”, eh? A couple of days ago we mentioned Jeremy Allison’s most recent interview. A Slashdot reader has dug a little deeper and came up with some interesting quotes:

“Yes, that’s true, actually. I mean I have had people come up to me and essentially off the record admit that they had been threatened by Microsoft and had got patent cross license and had essentially taken out a license for Microsoft patents on the free software that they were using [...] But they’re not telling anyone about it. They’re completely doing it off the record.”

This illustrates that Novell’s deal plays a role. It frightens Linux customers.

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5 Comments

  1. Stephen said,

    February 12, 2007 at 6:02 am

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    So do you actually present any facts, or is it simply a cacophony of article snippets from “less than reliable” sources peppered with your own opinion. C’mon, where’s the beef?

  2. Roy Schestowitz said,

    February 12, 2007 at 6:27 am

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    Actually, the sources I cited are fairly reliable: An independent PR mirror, Yahoo’s PR newswire, Reuters (*cough cough*), C|Net (despite their commercial ties), and LinuxWorld. I will admit that, at least at this stage, there is not much major news, so nitpicking and hindsight take the front seat.

    Some major news may be coming soon though.

    http://searchopensource.techtarget.com/originalContent/0,289142,sid39_gci1242792,00.html

    SearchOpenSource.com: Does Novell have any news coming out?

    Roger Levy: Novell has some key press releases coming out very soon. One is a press release with a chip vendor about a new level of support for Windows virtualization. The other is an announcement regarding a roadmap of all capabilities we will be delivering with Microsoft from our collaborative partnership. That includes a series of interoperability deliveries in virtualization between Novell and Microsoft. We have talked about a couple of those already, like Longhorn virtualization on top of SLES 10.

    Shane is prepared to deliver an item about virtualisation shortly.

  3. shane said,

    February 12, 2007 at 9:40 am

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    Actually, at 5’5″ (165cm), I do everything shortly.

  4. Draconishinobi said,

    February 12, 2007 at 8:35 pm

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    “This illustrates that Novell’s deal plays a role. It frightens Linux customers.”

    True … but I fear nothing :D … no, not even the evil empire. And if Bill Gate$ wants to mess with me, then I will mess with Bill Gate$.

  5. Roy Schestowitz said,

    February 13, 2007 at 1:04 am

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    …but I fear nothing

    It’s easy not to fear when you understand technecalities (and licenses). The MBAs who receive extortionate phonecalls would see Novell used, as precedence.

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