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02.01.08

“The Complete End of Novell…”

Posted in Microsoft, Novell, Vista, Windows at 7:31 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Novell holds your hand during Vista migration

We’ve received a pointer to this page claiming only that “It’s the complete end of Novell.”

Shouldn’t Microsoft set up some Web pages to assist migrations to GNU/Linux? You know, ‘in return’? As Matt Asay stated exactly a month ago, “Novell is a mere vassal to Microsoft”. We saw this before.

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5 Comments

  1. Victor Soliz said,

    February 1, 2008 at 8:57 pm

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    man, please tell me this page is new and that it wasn’t around for months already and being ignored so long by people…

  2. Roy Schestowitz said,

    February 1, 2008 at 9:05 pm

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    it has Google PageRank of 4, so it must have been around since before December. Further, remember yesterday’s item on HPC? Here is what PJ wrote about it some hours ago:

    [PJ: So... how is this *not* Novell helping Microsoft smother Linux?]

    People will hopefully start to realise Novell’s role. It’s inevitable and it’s bound to get worse as Novell gets poorer and smaller (thus more dependent on Microsoft’s love that goes in a single direction).

  3. Luc Bollen said,

    February 1, 2008 at 9:07 pm

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    The source code of the page says

    The copyright is from 2008 (“© 2008 Novell, Inc.”), but this may be a generated page…

  4. Roy Schestowitz said,

    February 1, 2008 at 9:15 pm

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    The copyrights, although they should be static and not dynamic (we had this discussion in the WordPress Hackers/Development mailing list very recently), don’t say much. The last Google PR update was prior to January and I’ve just done a quick check to confirm this. Google’s cache is updated too regularly to make it possible to draw a comparison.

    Here is a reaction to this which I’ve received by E-mail moments ago:

    My first response was yet another sick at the stomach feeling of oh, no, not again. My second feeling was, “can Novell *possibly* do anything else to piss of the FOSS community?“.

    It does make me feel a little bit numb. But I am just hoping that they are offering this service to take business away from Microsoft. One of the things that I have long believed after listening to a 1.5 hour podcast of a panel discussion with the parties for M$ and Novell is that there is more competition than cooperation between M$ and Novell. It was clear to me from listening to that discussion that both Novell and Microsoft have two teams to address their “collaboration.” The first team tries to persuade the customer to abandon Microsoft (in Novell’s case) or Novell (in Microsoft’s case). Only after those initial teams fail to move the customer does Novell or Microsoft bring in their true collaboration team.

  5. ballmer's eggy sins said,

    May 23, 2008 at 9:02 pm

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    Novell SUSE Linux
    Corel (now Xandros with a M$ patent agreement) Linux

    watch and wait, Novell is M$’s bitch, they may as well cozy up to Corel and start kissing and playing patty cake.

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