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03.10.08

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”

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8 Comments

  1. CoolGuy said,

    March 10, 2008 at 8:47 am

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

  2. Roy Schestowitz said,

    March 10, 2008 at 8:57 am

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    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

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    Google ?

  4. Roy Schestowitz said,

    March 10, 2008 at 9:18 am

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Yes, I noticed that later.

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