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10.26.07

Do-No-Evil Saturday – Part IV: Novell Partners and Other Parties

Posted in Audio/Video, Mail, Novell, Virtualisation at 9:49 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

SteelEye, which had a deal with Novell not so long ago, has the following announcement to make.

The Linux High Availability Life Preserver for Business Continuity: SteelEye LifeKeeper

[...]

Vadher and his team decided to use a high-availability dual HP DL380 server cluster with an MSA500 SAN Storage array, running Novell SuSE Linux Enterprise Server. For software protection,

SiteScape gives some attributions to Novell.

In February 2007, Novell, Inc. signed an OEM agreement to distribute SiteScape’s ICEcore collaboration software under the name Novell Teaming + Conferencing to round out its offerings in the workgroup productivity market. A number of organizations have been using beta versions of Novell Teaming + Conferencing for several months and have started realizing the benefits of a truly integrated collaboration environment.

MailScanner has people reminded that it plugs into Novell’s product.

To further help customers reduce cost and improve security, Novell’s suite also includes Novell-supported open source components, including MailScanner for spam filtering,

A Novell Gold Partner unleashes a press release with the following long headline:

NewMarket Technology, Inc. Grows in Latin America; Providing Training for Microsoft, Novell and Computer Associates Solutions in Latin America for Over 700 Students

Novell is a sponsor of a new open-source virtualization webcast.

IBM, Intel, and Novell are co-sponsoring a webcast entitled “Evaluating Open Source Virtualization.”

That’s about it for this week.

Do-No-Evil Saturday – Part III: Novell Buries SCO, But Copes with Own Staff Adjustments

Posted in America, GNU/Linux, Novell, SCO, UNIX at 9:42 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

We rarely cover SCO-Novell stories because these are extensively covered elsewhere (not just Groklaw). However, just to repeat recent news, SCO is apparently defeated, but some say that Novell will not receive SCO’s debt to it. SCO owes Novell $35 million, potentially.

SCO is now selling its UNIX business and this may actually be successful. Other bids are still sought.

In the latest twist in the SCO saga, the embattled Unix vendor is putting its core business up for sale.

Here is an item pondering how long SCO will last.

Not for much longer, I would imagine, considering that SCO was not in the healthiest of financial positions before the lawsuit (and hence the reason for it, many will argue) and the millions of dollars in legal fees it has accrued have really not helped at all. Nor did the federal judge ruling that Novel and not SCO is the legal owner of the Unix copyright, meaning that SCO owes Novell big bucks for those lucrative licensing deals it has reached with both Microsoft and Sun Microsystems in the past.

This item actually argues that Novell might never receives the money it demands from SCO.

Moving on to employment at Novell, an article was written about the recent layoffs. We echo the condolences and send our best wishes to those who recently lost their job at Novell. We consistently blame the management, not those who just do the real job at Novell.

The layoffs remind us that we now compete with people all over the world. The United States, and Utah Valley, can’t sit still. It starts with education, of course. We have to prepare today’s students for a new world. We need to support government policies that foster innovation and growth. And we as a nation must strive to be more creative and productive.

Layoffs remind us also of the need for increasing diversity in the economy. As Provo and many other areas have learned, relying too much on one industry can really hurt if that sector takes a hit.

Novell has just appointed a new president for Novell Americas.

Novell today appointed Tim Wolfe as president, Novell Americas, responsible for the execution of Novell’s strategy across the Americas. Wolfe, who brings nearly three decades of software, technology and consulting leadership experience to the role, most recently held the position of vice president and general manager of Novell’s East region in the United States. He will play a key role in Novell’s transition to a greater focus on customers and partners in implementing the company’s go-to-market strategy.

We happen to have covered the departure of the previous president.

Do-No-Evil Saturday – Part II: New Novell Products and Customers

Posted in Asia, GNU/Linux, Marketing, Novell, SLES/SLED, Xen at 9:27 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Novell Products

Novell made some further progress on Sentinel 6.

Novell has announced further enhancements to its security information and event management (SEIM) solution, Sentinel 6. The new service pack helps Sentinel 6 gather and correlate security and non-security information from across an organization’s networked infrastructure.

The company has also released a new service pack for Novell Access Manager 3.

According to the company, the Novell Access Manager 3 service pack features the following enhancements: enterprise-mode SSL VPN, which provides secure access to more applications, including File and Print services from Microsoft and Novell; an improved administration interface, which facilitates navigation when managing multiple devices; authentication levels…

Finally, Novell has unveiled a new product: Novell Teaming + Conferencing.

Customers

Novell has a happy customer that uses OES 2, which was recently moved entirely to Linux.

I had a great call with First American Title Holding Co. about Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 the other day.
[...]

Kurt Johnston, a lead engineer on the First American migration, wasn’t optimistic. “I did not have high expectations for Xen,” Johnston told me in a call last week. “With Xen being as young as it is, I was expecting it to be very difficult to install and configure a new domU onto dom0.” Johnston and his boss, IT director Dan McDougall, were also wary of performance issues they had read about in trade magazines and had heard from other users throughout the year.

But they were soon pleasantly surprised, and so was I.

[...]

I find all of this interesting because it will mean more choices. More choices means competition, and competition means happier customers. Happier customers are more apt to speak to the press and tell their stories. Whether the technology ultimately makes the customers happy, well, that’s what we’re here to find out.

Here is another Novell costumer whose experience made a press release.

The nation’s leading builder of luxury homes, Toll Brothers, has chosen a portfolio of Novell® solutions to protect confidential client data, standardize its desktops and reduce IT administration costs. A Fortune 500 company, Toll Brothers is using several Novell enterprise management solutions to strengthen security with centralized control of user access to client information and automated desktop management to minimize time spent updating and troubleshooting application software.

India

As you possibly know, Tamil Nadu had SUSE deployed in large quantities. There are more reports about Linux in Tamil Nadu and they also involve Ubuntu Linux, not just SUSE.

He is in the city on an invitation from the Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu (ELCOT) to install the Orca open source (Linux) and free software for use by the visually handicapped persons and to educate ELCOT officials. Incidentally, the State’s Rehabilitation Department had given Rs. 5 lakh to the ELCOT for purchase of a computer.

“I have been using proprietary software since 1988 and have moved to non-proprietary software since 2000, as it gave the much needed freedom. The proprietary software is costlier than the costliest laptops. The users are under the mercy of software firms, since they are not allowed to carry out customisation as per their needs. Hence, I started popularising Ubuntu, a community developed operating system on open source,” he said at the inaugural session on Monday.

Here is another article (among a series, it would seem) about Novell’s Linux business in India.

Novell’s Systems & Resource Management (SRM) Business Unit focuses upon providing solutions to manage, simplify and control mixed-source environments. Joseph Wagner, General Manager, SRM, Novell talks to Abhinav Singh about the challenges of mixed-resource environments and how the SRM division is helping solve them.

Do-No-Evil Saturday – Part I: OpenSUSE and the OpenSUSE-based KDE4 Live CD

Posted in GNU/Linux, KDE, Novell, OpenSUSE at 9:07 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

It is time to catch up with some of the progress made at Novell, so here are a few noteworthy items from around the Web.

The first is a review of the latest OpenSUSE. It is a positive one.

OpenSuse 10.3 has what it takes to be a great distro not only in home use but also in an office use. Its YaST Control Center is an extremely powerful tool that is more powerful than even Windows’ Control Panel.

OpenSUSE has some new installation videos set up in a new page and Lnux.com reviews openSUSE’s SCPM.

With SCPM, you can manage several different profiles and use your laptop in multiple locations without any hassles or delays. The online documentation may be incomplete, but the Web site has enough information to help you get optimum results.

You may have already read about KDE Four Live, but in case you have not, here is some of the most recent information.

This version has KDE 4.0 Beta 3+ (mostly 3.94.1 snapshot) packages from the KDE:KDE4 build service project engrafted on openSUSE 10.3 (if you find your way within YaST you can turn it into a full openSUSE 10.3 installation)

KDE 4 Live CD is indeed built on top of OpenSUSE and here is a screenshot tour from Roland Wolters. It contains explanatory text as well.

While I had some trouble testing the newest KDE 4 Beta release on my test machine, the KDE Four LiveCD works surprisingly well. According to Stephan the version used on this LiveCD is KDE 4 Beta 3 plus a set of recent patches.

The Latest ”Next SCO” Targets UNIX, Not Linux

Posted in Courtroom, GNU/Linux, Law, Patents, SCO, SUN, UNIX at 8:49 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

NetApp would be (at leasr) the fourth company that gets compared to SCO, but Matt Aslett seems comfortable enough drawing such a comparison, based on interpretation by SCO experts.

Meanwhile PJ has announced that Groklaw is officially following the case and she has a few questions she’d like to ask NetApp.
So it would appear that NetApp is now the next SCO in the eyes of many, whether is wants to be or not. Is there anything the company could do to avoid such a fate?

With Sun Solaris on the hot seat, this is somewhat intriguing. It’s almost like a reversal of roles. Recall our suspicion that Microsoft approached Sun to ask for lawsuits against Linux.

Speaking of Linux lawsuits and patents, the following quick report about Concurrent Computer reveals some interesting details.

The results for the first quarter of 2008 got a $1.9 million boost from a settlement with Vicor and $1.4 million boost from a patent settlement with C-COR.

Concurrent Computer is in the Linux business, so the involvement of a patent settlement is mind-boggling. Whose attention has this received (if anyone’s)?

Achieving Interoperability the Wrong Way: Deals vs. Standards

Posted in GNU/Linux, Interoperability, Microsoft, Mono, Novell, Standard, Windows at 8:38 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

With a recent event taking place to discuss interoperability, a few articles appeared which discuss this further. The first such article describes Microsoft’s Interoperability Chief as one of the world’s toughest jobs.

He’s faced with the unenviable task of convincing the world that Microsoft wants to play nicely with competitors – and also convincing the troops and top management that it’s worth it.

The second one is the same ‘fluff’ about Microsoft seeking interoperability, not standards.

Uniformity isn’t necessarily a bad thing for IT. TCP/IP is a good example where a layer of uniformity exists that, according to Robertson, has been an engine for the growth of the technology sector. So how does a technology vendor achieve interoperability? The first way is to consider the design of a product for interoperability.

Uniformity is standards. Consensus is interoperability, as opposed to patented bridges and pricey licences. It is very unfortunate to find that the press escapes these key issues. In the above fragment, an admission is made that progress thrives in uniformity.

“…Novell shunned the consensus that only standards should be honoured.”Uniformity does not mean absence of choice, but a neutral ground that fosters competition and discourages lock-in. Standards in the World Wide Web are an excellent example of this. Imagine having to get plugins to interpret one another’s Web site. Silverlight and Adobe’s Flash are a step in this direction, but the choices are still few (Curl aside).

Novell continues to play along with Microsoft's plan to 'hijack' the Web and it even maintains exclusive rights to make available a plug-in that brings Sliverlight support — however incomplete it may be — to Linux. The same goes for OOXML and other server protocols, some of which are not at all available for Linux at large. In that respect, Novell shunned the consensus that only standards should be honoured. It enables Microsoft to argue that it has ‘opened up’ (only when payments are involved which eliminate Linux as a Free platform).

BSoD for Novell

More Signs of GPLv3 and GPLv3 (ODF) Adoption

Posted in Europe, GPL, OpenDocument, Standard at 8:21 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Congratulations to CorraTech, early GNU GPLv3 adopter. It is yet another example of the growing support for GPLv3 (unneeded distractions aside).

CorraTech has started an open source project called OpenSuite under the new GPL 3 license dedicated to the integration of open source applications.

Novell’s PR blog speaks about adoption of ODF in Europe as well. Berlin will be the host.

This should be a good event to get the pulse on ODF adoption in Europe.

Remember that Holland recently adopted ODF. Many other countries gradually join this wave of adoption, the most recent addition being South Africa.

Novell’s ‘Partner’ Eats Its Lunch

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, NetWare, Servers, Windows at 7:59 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“That’s what friends are for”

How badly does Microsoft hurt Novell? Here is a newly-published article that describes the way things used to be.

At the height of its success in the early 1990s, NetWare commanded more than 70% of the market and a loyal customer base drawn to the product for its file sharing prowess, reliability and performance

The article moves on to explaining how Microsoft snatched Novell’s market share and if you watch the following "blast from the past" you’ll discover what really happened. It was no fair fight. To this date, Microsoft capitalises on its past abuses against Novell and here’s one of the latest migration stories.

Village Board members awarded a bid to Verity Three Inc. on Thursday night to switch Lake in the Hills’ network provider from Novell to Microsoft.

It is worth repeating (and it will be repeated in the future) that Novell made friends with a company that fought it very viciously and went as far as technical sabotage. Novell (executives in particular) is to be blamed for its own mistake. It came running to Microsoft for yet another partnership that has already backfired. By refusing to learn from history, the new Novell (Linux and open source) is doomed to have it repeated.

It was only the heaps of money offered by Microsoft which had Novell surrender as it foolishly did.

Mono is all about the money

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