Digest: Novell Stories in the News and Elsewhere

Posted in Novell, OpenSUSE, SCO at 11:47 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Linux Watch takes a look at Novell’s latest strike at SCO while a press release indicates that SCO is pursuing business in Asia.

In the opensuse mailing lists, abandonment of ZENworks is announced.

From: Andreas Jaeger < aj-AT-suse.de >
To: opensuse-factory-AT-opensuse.org
Subject: Announcement: Software management for openSUSE
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2007 15:17:33 +0200

openSUSE is focusing on native software management by using YaST and libzypp, the package management library.

Lastly, Novell gets a new client, but this appears to have nothing to do with Linux.

Honeywell to Integrate Novell’s Identity Management Solution

Provides Businesses With Seamless User Access to Both Buildings and Data Networks

More Dell Desktop Linux Speculation

Posted in Antitrust, Deals, Dell, Novell, Red Hat, Ubuntu, Windows at 10:11 am by Shane Coyle

Well, after all of the news about Michael Dell’s personal Linux distribution of choice, there is at least one industry watcher who believes that Red Hat may actually have a chance of being Dell’s choice for meeting customer demand for preinstalled Linux.

So let’s review the situation: Dell is prepping Linux desktops. Red Hat is prepping potential desktop PC news. Hmmm. Coincidence, right? Could be… but I suspect otherwise. Red Hat’s strong position on corporate servers makes it a natural option for administrator workstations from Dell. And it’s possible to imagine Dell offering a mix of Red Hat and Ubuntu Linux on certain desktops and notebooks.

Where does that leave Novell (NOVL) SuSE Linux? I’m still digging around Dell’s desktop and mobile businesses for the answer to that question.

Maybe Dell just doesn’t want to pay the "Windows tax" at all anymore, not even through Novell SUSE.

Finding Humour in Novell’s Deal with Microsoft

Posted in Humour, Microsoft, Novell, Patents at 7:07 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Oh, no!! Not another deal!

Microsoft-Kellogg’s pact includes Froot Loops trademark ‘protection’

Provision will protect breakfast cereal vendor and its customers form IPR liability

April 20, 2007 (BreakfastBowlToday) – Microsoft today announced that it had entered into a trademark cross license agreement with leading cereal vendor Kellogg’s, granting the grocery giant the right to continue to use the name “Froot Loops” to describe its popular children’s cereal. “Everybody knows computer software uses loops, and any one who has ever had their Windows-based computer freeze up knows it has infinite loops,” said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Ballmer stated that the Redmond giant had no choice but to threaten litigation in order to “get the appropriate economic return for our shareholders from our innovation.”

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