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03.15.08

A Week After Novell Cool Blogs’ Demise, Chief Blames the Medium

Posted in Novell, OpenSUSE, SLES/SLED at 2:32 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“It’s not me, it’s you”

This may not be the most accurate of descriptions, but just over a week ago we showed that Novell’s Cool Blogs had been shut down due to low levels of participation and a slow pace. Novell’s marketing officer, John Dragoon, thinks it’s a broader issue.

“It’s far easier to start a blog than to keep one going,” said John Dragoon, chief marketing officer at Waltham-based Novell Inc.

Has it occurred to him that it might just have something to do with Novell's (and OpenSUSE's) image? He need only ask those who left or just lost passion.

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3 Comments

  1. anonymous said,

    March 15, 2008 at 3:31 am

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    it’s really a shame Novell/SUSE has gone the way it has, with Microsoft. I still firmly believe the current CEO of Novell, IMO, was a Microsoft ”plant”, just like the Corel CEO prior to the Corel/Microsoft partnership.

    Other than Mark Shuttleworth’s powerful backing of Ubuntu, how many other large companies will fall to their knees and open their jaws wide for Microsoft’s cock? How many more people will sell?

    I believe everyone should continue to bring up Bill Gates’ old letter to computer users (mentioned in the RevolutionOS movie) whenever Microsoft mentions open source in a so-called positive light. Nothing good will ever come from that company, as far as true FOSS is concerned.

  2. Victor Soliz said,

    March 15, 2008 at 8:53 am

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    Anonymous bud, don’t worry. We got Red Hat and Canonical on the site of companies that have promised not to fall on MS’ exclusiotionary deals, and we also got the whole free software community as well. It looks to me that Ballnux distros are slowly going to fade into the minority they deserve.

  3. Roy Schestowitz said,

    March 15, 2008 at 9:33 am

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    Victor,

    It was said after Microsoft’s taxoperability offer (February 2008) that patent deals become moot, less likely and unnecessary. I used to disagree in my communications with Steven Vaughan that all distributions would sign a deal with Microsoft by now (he thought they would). Either way, not only patent deals are ways of having them fall into traps. Things to beware of including Mono/Silverlight, OOXML and other ‘gifts’ (of the Greek kind).

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