03.10.08

Gemini version available ♊︎

Top Novell Man Quits the Company, Apparently in Anger

Posted in Microsoft, Novell at 8:07 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Departure in bad terms

It has not been long since Bruce Lowry left Novell (thank you, Matt, for keeping track of those changes which Novell tries to keep private). It has been only days since a Novell Vice President protested against the horrible deal with Microsoft, as well. And now comes another blow. Martin Buckley quits.

Positive changes? Well, apparently not from Martin’s perspective. You don’t quit a company after eight and a half years over “certain principles” unless things are really bad. I never knew Martin during my time at Novell but he was/is well-respected. His departure doesn’t inspire confidence.

There are other recent departures that are notable, e.g. [1, 2].

Oriskany ship sinks
Not to worry… it’s just Microsoft’s “Linux and Mono (patent trap) department”

Share in other sites/networks: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Reddit
  • email

Decor ᶃ Gemini Space

Below is a Web proxy. We recommend getting a Gemini client/browser.

Black/white/grey bullet button This post is also available in Gemini over at this address (requires a Gemini client/browser to open).

Decor ✐ Cross-references

Black/white/grey bullet button Pages that cross-reference this one, if any exist, are listed below or will be listed below over time.

Decor ▢ Respond and Discuss

Black/white/grey bullet button If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

8 Comments

  1. CoolGuy said,

    March 10, 2008 at 8:47 am

    Gravatar

    hint : too many evil softies trying to take over novell from inside.

  2. Roy Schestowitz said,

    March 10, 2008 at 8:57 am

    Gravatar

    Well, that’s the danger anyway. We’ve documented such stuff in the case of Nokia, Yahoo, XenSource and Google. If Novell employees are replaced former Microsoft employees (or their other business partners), then Novell become an even greater risk. It’s the people who make the company.

  3. CoolGuy said,

    March 10, 2008 at 9:07 am

    Gravatar

    Google ?

  4. Roy Schestowitz said,

    March 10, 2008 at 9:18 am

    Gravatar

    Nokia: http://boycottnovell.com/2008/02/24/vmware-and-nokia-insiders/
    http://boycottnovell.com/2008/03/05/moox-and-silverlight-finland/
    Google? http://boycottnovell.com/2008/01/27/opendocument-poisoning/
    XenSource: http://boycottnovell.com/2007/10/25/vmware-xen-novell/
    Yahoo? http://slated.org/yahoo_censoring_open_source

    Many more examples exist. Wherever people go, the ‘religion’ (or what Microsoft refers to as “Jihad”) might go with them.

    Here is a message that I posted to USENET just yesterday:


    You probably remember this antitrust exhibit from Iowa:

    http://antitrust.slated.org/www.iowaconsumercase.org/011607/3000/PX03096.pdf

    Herein, Microsoft describes its competition as a case of “Jihad” (holy war). It turns out that there are roots for this in the past. The URLs may have expired, but the Web Archive still has a copy.

    Example #1:

    Microsoft held out pretty long in not
    accepting the tcp/ip networking protocol of the Internet. When the
    Internet took off without them, they were simply forced to follow.

    Such
    a situation does not apply to java. Where tcp/ip was established and
    supported by vendors of servers – that Microsoft couldn’t yet deplace -
    java is a standard that is still to be developed and it doesn’t have
    the protection of an already existing and difficult to remove
    environment with very strong “network effects”.

    Java cannot
    replace Windows – so it is no competitor despite what the media tell
    you. However, it could lift a major development platform out of
    Microsoft’s control so that competiting operating systems can co-exist
    with Windows. This co-existence would imply a commoditization of the OS
    and thereby drive the prices down.

    For this reason, to use their
    own words, Microsoft sought to “undermine”, “piss on” and “steal” the
    java language, just as they considered themselves to be engaged in a
    “jihad” against Netscape.

    The destruction of any form of
    standards is a standing strategic rule in Redmond. Their market
    position is their main weapon to further control the otherwise unarmed
    software industry, and any court rule that has the effect of curbing
    that power will be fought tooth and nail.

    See: http://www.news.com/News/Item/0,4,30023,00.html?st.ne.lh..ni

    Example #2:

    Allegedly CNET reporter used
    confidential internal e-mail from Microsoft in his article “Microsoft’s
    holy war against java”. Sufficient reason to receive a subpoena to hand
    over the material. According to Microsoft Tom Pilla Microsoft
    competitors are responsible for leaking confidential information in a
    selective manner. Of course, Microsoft could have avoided the evils of
    selection by not prohibiting the public from gaining knowledge of the
    information.

    See: http://www.salonmagazine.com/21st/log/


    I am still very interested in Justin Steinman’s employment history.

  5. Roy Bixler said,

    March 10, 2008 at 10:19 am

    Gravatar

    Yesterday, I saw a video of Ian Murdock, Debian Project founder who now works at Sun and gave an update about Sun’s “Indiana Project”. It is here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xT_ZGfnwDCM

    I found it interesting that he opened up his talk by saying that he doesn’t believe that Solaris is competing with Linux and then he followed that up by detailing how Solaris will compete with Linux. It struck me that his apologetic tone about competition could be another instance of the Microsoft effect. In the Microsoft world, competition is a destructive zero-sum game. Murdock’s sense of how Solaris will compete with Linux is a more positive sense. He wants Solaris to gain the good features of Linux while being able to brag about some other features that Linux doesn’t have. My thought is that he wouldn’t have apologised for the fact that Solaris competes with Linux if Microsoft hadn’t given a bad name to competition in the information technology space.

  6. Roy Schestowitz said,

    March 10, 2008 at 10:32 am

    Gravatar

    Interesting. I put that video in my personal blog only yesterday morning. Someone who might stretch this to far could lean towards de Icaza comparisons.

  7. maxczarvok said,

    March 12, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Gravatar

    Martin Buckley will be joining Microsoft, so you got it completely wrong if you want to style his departure as an indication of his disagreeing with Novell’s policy. :-p

  8. Roy Schestowitz said,

    March 12, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    Gravatar

    Yes, I noticed that later.

DecorWhat Else is New


  1. The Letter EPO Management Does Not Want Applicants to See (or Respond to)

    A letter from the Munich Staff Committee at the EPO highlights the worrying extent of neglect of patent quality under Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos; the management of the EPO did not even bother replying to that letter (instead it was busy outsourcing the EPO to Microsoft)



  2. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, December 04, 2021

    IRC logs for Saturday, December 04, 2021



  3. EPO-Bribed IAM 'Media' Has Praised Quality, Which Even EPO Staff (Examiners) Does Not Praise

    It's easy to see something is terribly wrong when the people who do the actual work do not agree with the media's praise of their work (a praise motivated by a nefarious, alternate agenda)



  4. Tux Machines is 17.5 Years Old Today

    Tux Machines -- our 'sister site' for GNU/Linux news -- started in 2004. We're soon entering 2022.



  5. Approaching 100

    We'll soon have 100 files in Git; if that matters at all...



  6. Improving Gemini by Posting IRC Logs (and Scrollback) as GemText

    Our adoption of Gemini and of GemText increases; with nearly 100,000 page requests in the first 3 days of Decembe (over gemini://) it’s clear that the growing potential of the protocol is realised, hence the rapid growth too; Gemini is great for self-hosting, which is in turn essential when publishing suppressed and controversial information (subject to censorship through blackmail and other ‘creative’ means)



  7. Links 4/12/2021: IPFire 2.27 Core Update 162 and Genode OS Framework 21.11

    Links for the day



  8. Links 4/12/2021: Gedit Plans and More

    Links for the day



  9. Links 4/12/2021: Turnip Becomes Vulkan 1.1 Conformant

    Links for the day



  10. IRC Proceedings: Friday, December 03, 2021

    IRC logs for Friday, December 03, 2021



  11. Links 4/12/2021: EndeavourOS Atlantis, Krita 5.0.0 Beta 5, Istio 1.11.5, and Wine 6.23; International Day Against DRM (IDAD) on December 10th

    Links for the day



  12. Another Gemini Milestone: 1,500 Active Capsules

    This page from Balázs Botond plots a graph, based on these statistics that now (as of minutes ago) say: “We successfully connected recently to 1500 of them.” Less than a fortnight ago more than 1,800 capsules overall were registered by Lupa, almost quadrupling in a single year



  13. [Meme] António Campinos and Socialist Posturing

    Staff of the EPO isn’t as gullible as António Campinos needs it to be



  14. António Campinos as EPO President is Considered Worse Than Benoît Battistelli (in Some Regards) After 3.5 Years in Europe's Second-Largest Institution

    The EPO's demise at the hands of people who don't understand patents and don't care what the EPO exists for is a real crisis which European media is unwilling to even speak about; today we share some internal publications and comment on them



  15. Media Coverage for Sale

    Today we're highlighting a couple of new examples (there are many other examples which can be found any day of the year) demonstrating that the World Wide Web is like a corporate spamfarm in "news" clothing



  16. Links 3/12/2021: GNU Poke 1.4 and KDDockWidgets 1.5.0

    Links for the day



  17. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, December 02, 2021

    IRC logs for Thursday, December 02, 2021



  18. Links 3/12/2021: Nitrux 1.7.1 and Xen 4.16 Released

    Links for the day



  19. Links 2/12/2021: OpenSUSE Leap 15.4 Alpha, Qt Creator 6

    Links for the day



  20. The EPO's “Gender Awareness Report”

    There’s a new document with remarks by the EPO’s staff representatives and it concerns opportunities for women at the EPO — a longstanding issue



  21. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, December 01, 2021

    IRC logs for Wednesday, December 01, 2021



  22. EPO Staff Committee Compares the Tactics of António Campinos to Benoît Battistelli's

    The Central Staff Committee (CSC) of the EPO talks about EPO President António Campinos, arguing that “he seems to subscribe to the Manichean view, introduced by Mr Battistelli…”



  23. Prof. Thomas Jaeger in GRUR: Unified Patent Court (UPC) “Incompatible With EU Law“

    The truth remains unquestionable and the law remains unchanged; Team UPC is living in another universe, unable to accept that what it is scheming will inevitably face high-level legal challenges (shall that become necessary) and it will lose because the facts are all still the same



  24. Links 1/12/2021: LibrePlanet CFS Extended to December 15th and DB Comparer for PostgreSQL Reaches 5.0

    Links for the day



  25. EPO Cannot and Will Not Self-Regulate

    The term financialisation helps describe some of the activities of the EPO in recent years; see Wikipedia on financialisation below



  26. [Meme] Germany's Licence to Break the Law

    Remember that the young Campinos asked dad for his immunity after he had gotten drunk and crashed the car; maybe the EPO should stop giving diplomatic immunity to people, seeing what criminals (e.g. Benoît Battistelli) this attracts; the German government is destroying its image (and the EU’s) by fostering such corruption, wrongly believing that it’s worth it because of Eurozone domination for patents/litigation



  27. EPO Dislikes Science and Scientists

    The EPO's management has become like a corrupt political party with blind faith in money and monopolies (or monopoly money); it has lost sight of its original goals and at this moment it serves to exacerbate an awful pandemic, as the video above explains



  28. Links 1/12/2021: LibreOffice 7.3 Beta, Krita 5.0, Julia 1.7

    Links for the day



  29. Links 1/12/2021: NixOS 21.11 Released

    Links for the day



  30. IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, November 30, 2021

    IRC logs for Tuesday, November 30, 2021


RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

Recent Posts