[Q:] Everybody in the Linux scene assumes that when one vendor competes on the basis of legal fear, uncertainty and doubt, programmers are more likely to work for other vendors — since Red Hat has been fairly clean FUD-wise, is this helping to attract talent?
[For Red Hat:] I think that focusing on FUD is not something that resonates the core values in a lot of the open source software community. I think that [ Linux columnist] Jeremy Allison said that his contributions would not support FUD efforts. So, I think our efforts and our mission are not attracting FUD. This helps to attract developers to us. Our developers want to contribute to our work and to keep their eye on open source, as opposed to participating in these FUD campaigns. I think that that is the thing that our CEO always says: “keep your eye on the customer.”
Justin Steinman has been spreading Red Hat FUD and arguably Ron Hovsepian as well. In the former case, it sometimes makes you whose side Novell is on; is it Linux or it is Microsoft? Novell truly likes Novell, but does it favour Microsoft’s crusade against Red Hat and others when it takes a participatory/idle stance? One thing is for sure: Novell has become as selfish [1, 2, 3] and arrogant [1, 2] as Microsoft. █