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03.06.08

Novell Does Microsoft’s Legwork, Markets Software Patent Deals

Posted in Europe, GNU/Linux, Interoperability, Microsoft, Novell, Patents at 1:04 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Novell: everyone should sell out to Microsoft

Microsoft Novell

Just when you think that Novell has decided not to beat that drum anymore, you find it continuing to do so. Speaking to a large audience of clients and journalists, Novell once again refers to the taxoperability program from Microsoft, neglecting to explain what it truly means.

With marketers and friends like Novell, why would Microsoft require deceiving the public itself? It can do so via seemingly hostile proxies, which helps credibility be gained. Here are two new articles about this:

1. Novell execs discuss Microsoft’s interop pledge

A pair of Novell executives Wednesday touted the company’s recent financial performance, but questions during the press conference at Cebit in Hanover, Germany, focused more on Microsoft’s recent, high-profile pledge to improve interoperability and shore up its relationship with the open-source community.

2. Novell execs talk Microsoft interop announcement

“That’s always difficult to speak on behalf of a partner,” said Volker Smid, president and general manager of Novell EMEA. “With Microsoft, interoperability is not limited to the Novell partnership. The infrastructure our joint customers have built is more than just one platform. …What Microsoft has done is an extension of what they’ve done with Novell.”

Since Novell is Microsoft-dependent at the moment and it even markets Windows Vista, nobody should take Novell’s word as independent. Novell is in many ways a Microsoft mouthpiece as it stands. They are business partners now. Even Novell calls them a “partner” (watch the quote above again).

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