11.09.07

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Quick Mention: Somebody, Explain to Mr. Hovsepian What Fedora Is

Posted in FUD, GNU/Linux, Interview, Novell, Red Hat, Ron Hovsepian at 4:51 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Hovsepian smiles

Ron Hovsepian, who is at a position that requires good knowledge of GNU/Linux, has had an interview with the British press. The interview was very brief and it didn’t contain particularly good questions that bring new information to light. It did, however, had this statement

Q [Computerwire:] How do you position yourselves in relation to Red Hat?

A [Hovsepian:] They are an edge server strategy company with one product. We have a two-year lead on them for desktops.

But Ron, what about the werewolf? Have you not heard of Fedora? It made a lot of buzz on Thursday when version 8 (codename Werewolf) was released.

Werewolf


Credit: beranger.org

There are two many things Novell is not telling us about (Red Hat’s desktop in this case). What ever happened to honesty and transparency?

Ron’s statement about Red Hat’s (or the Fedora community’s) desktop seems like disinformation and FUD. Plain and simple. Both desktops use GNOME and share similar other packages. Isn’t this a case of role reveral? Isn’t Justin Steinman responsible for Red Hat FUD where he doesn’t exactly excel due to lack of technical knowledge?

Even if Ron talks about market share or installed base, the claim is inaccurate and very unscientific. This has shades of the incident where a top Microsoft manager/executive likened OpenOffice.org (2.x) to Microsoft Office 97.

Memorable quotes:

Jeremy Allison said the following after Novell’s deal with Microsoft and after he had left Novell.

“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.”

Novell: ‘No One Can Stop Us From Selling Linux’

It was reported that those changes would preclude the inclusion of Linux in third party distribution deals such as the one Novell recently signed with Microsoft and “ban” Novell from selling future versions of Linux.

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2 Comments

  1. SundayRefugee said,

    November 9, 2007 at 5:15 pm

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    Let’s not be too hard on Ron and Novell.

    If by “edge server strategy” he means “they have more than 5 times the market share we do”, and if by “We have a two-year lead on them for desktops”, he means “They have more bleeding-edge software that is yet somehow much more stable and bug-free, and at the same time truer to the concept of FOSS”, then he’s entirely correct.

    Jeez. Stop with the FUD :p

  2. eet said,

    November 12, 2007 at 11:32 am

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    Fedora is no business-grade desktop. It is very much about experimental features and very little about stability.

    Note: comment has been flagged for arriving from an abusive Internet troll

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