On many occasions we were baffled and concerned about Dell joining the Novell/Microsoft alliance. As this old video shows, the entire event remained very quiet and vague. No Q&As and no public contract were made available for assessment.
LinuxWorld’s attendants have produced another piece of evidence to keep in mind. If you skip the first minute or so, you’ll be able to watch the part where Novell and SUSE get mentioned (a teaser about future offerings in China). This is something which was covered here previously (as soon as the announcement was made, in fact).
Other related items:
- No Dell for Novell
- Dell Not Caught Between Canonical, Red Hat, and Microvell
- Novell and Red Hat Welcome, Yet Downplay, Dell’s Ubuntu Move (Updated)
- Intel-Dell Kickbacks Lead to Thinking About Exclusionary Contracts Affecting Linux
The links above are just a partial compilation of discussions about the Dell/Novell/Microsoft entanglement. One has to wonder if Microsoft’s goal is to make SUSE Linux the most-widely preinstalled Windows alternative. If that was the ever to become reality, Microsoft would cash in no matter what O/S one chooses.