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02.27.08

Citrix Confirms Its Masters Are in Redmond, Xen for Linux is Passe (Updated)

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Novell, Red Hat, Ubuntu, Virtualisation, Windows, Xen at 11:53 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Live and learn. What we have said all along (and from the very start in fact) continues to turn into reality. Microsoft hijacked XenSource (and Xen) by proxy. It’s repulsively anti-competitive, but all one can do here is learn in order to prevent recurrence. From this news article:

Xen may have become the de facto virtualization platform for Linux, but, ironically, don’t expect to see Citrix applications running natively on Linux any time soon.

“It’s market driven and we never got the uptake on Linux,” Willis said. “Our focus for XenApp (formerly Presentation Server) is as a Windows application which we recommend customers run on bare metal for performance reasons.”

Willis said Citrix has partnered with Microsoft to develop Linux extensions for its Hyper-V platform.

Yes, that’s how Microsoft intends to beat ‘evil’ VMWare. It wants to just buy VMWare’s competitors, then leverage a Windows monopoly.

“Like XenSource, Microsoft along its ecosystem will have Novell used against other competitors like Red Hat and Canonical.”Ubuntu recently moved to KVM by the way, proving that it’s good not to have all eggs in a single basket.

Amid these events recall our somewhat prophetic post: Choosing Novell for Your Business is Like Choosing XenSoft (sic)

Boycott Novell. Things will change for Novell as time goes by and it’s not just because of Mono. Like XenSource, Microsoft along its ecosystem will have Novell used against other competitors like Red Hat and Canonical.

Update: see this response from Katherine Egbert. For a change, this time she may be right.

Shares of infrastructure technology developer Citrix Systems Inc. fell Tuesday after an analyst cut estimates on a virtualization software product, citing a delay in revenue recognition, among other factors.

The stock lost 81 cents, or 2.4 percent, to $33.48 in midday trading.

Jefferies & Co. analyst Katherine Egbert lowered her outlook on the XenSource line, saying it should take longer than initially expected to recognize revenue for original equipment manufacturers, or OEMs, and that an agreement with IBM will likely not come until later this year.

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7 Comments

  1. CHrisophorus said,

    February 27, 2008 at 1:04 pm

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    Again, you’re marketing your speculations as fact.

  2. Roy Schestowitz said,

    February 27, 2008 at 1:12 pm

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    Will you only believe when they come out with an official statement, as if that might ever happen?

    This reminds me of folks who want some kind of an authenticated document from Bill Gates to prove that Microsoft wants to kill Free software (or turn it to Fee software) .

    Should we also question BayStar connections with Microsoft (which were only found out later, after compelling suspicions)?

  3. CHrisophorus said,

    February 27, 2008 at 1:28 pm

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    I only say that you speculate, and market these speculations as solid fact. That’s not the way to go about things the way I see it.

    Lying never helped the truth triumph and aims never justified the means.

  4. Rui Miguel Silva Seabra said,

    February 27, 2008 at 1:34 pm

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    Lying is when you have a perceivable reasonable understanding of one thing, and try to convince people that a contradictory thing is the true fact.

    What Roy is saying may be speculation, but so was Richard Stallman’s “The Right to Read” until DRM came up.

    So was “Microsoft is highjacking Open Source” until now they OFICIALLY DID.

    When some people’s speculations end up being true time after time, they become insight, rather than speculation.

    You call it speculation. I call it insight. And BTW, I *did* comment about this eventuality when I heard of Citrix buying XenSource and commented so on a private mailing list. I wonder what some of the (then) critics think now…

  5. CHrisophorus said,

    February 27, 2008 at 1:43 pm

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    Don’t put Roy Schestowitz onto the same level as Richard Stallman; one of the two is a universally respected, intellectually brilliant and personally integer person.

    It is a completely different thing to draw up a scenario of what might be and c a l l it a scenario, or to speculate and market your speculations as the irrefutable truth.

    Stallman is a visionary, Schestowitz does spiteful gutter paper sensationalism.

  6. Roy Schestowitz said,

    February 27, 2008 at 2:03 pm

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    CHrisophorus,

    I wrote about XenSource about 30 times here (with new external references that support my assertions) and hundreds of times elsewhere. I’ve watched them closely and I haven’t a doubt about what’s happening.

    If you are not convinced, start here. You needn’t even read anything I say. Just follow the links to articles from the mainstream press. You won’t even need to join any dots. It’s all too clear. At times it even comes right from the horse’s (Citrix) mouth.It’s quotes, it’s documented and hopefully this understanding can be passed on to you.

  7. Rui Miguel Silva Seabra said,

    February 27, 2008 at 3:33 pm

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    CHrisophorus: it’s ridiculous to think I’m putting Roy onto the same level as Richard Stallman. By that logic I did exactly at the same time put many other people with the remark about Microsoft trying to dillute “Open Source”.

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