06.21.08

Gemini version available ♊︎

Novell, Microsoft… and IBM… Maybe Oracle Too (Part I)

Posted in Database, GNU/Linux, IBM, Microsoft, Novell, Oracle, SUN, Ubuntu at 7:20 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

This two-part post is worth reading carefully yet cautiously. We’ve received a lot of information from a credible source, but a lot of it needed to be omitted or at least watered down. What we have left below will be useful knowledge to return to in the future.

Let us begin with some timely news about corporate politics. A short while ago, after this short and mystifying post, Matt Asay wrote the following clarification about Red Hat and Oracle:

“I’ve since heard a bit more about this. There’s not an acquisition in the works, but Oracle is apparently pushing for some sort of partnership that would bring down the price of RHEL. Oracle doesn’t have much of a salesforce pushing “Unbreakable” and it shows. It wants to ride RHEL’s coattails but also wants RHEL to be even cheaper…so that no one will notice that it keeps raising its prices.

“So, there’s substance to the rumors. But will Oracle have the humility to give some value to Red Hat? The jury is still out….”

Oracle’s role has been interesting to us for quite some time because the company had announced that it would undercut Red Hat just about a month before the Novell/Microsoft agreement was revealed to the public (it had been negotiated for about 5 months before that). Oracle and IBM were probably among those who knew about it well in advance (IBM at the very least) and later we saw Oracle making some moves which can be characterised as strong-arming [1, 2, 3].

Remember that, going a few years back, Red Hat too considered buying S.u.S.E. Sun was mentioned in a similar context, but it appears to be sticking with OpenSolaris. It also maintains a healthy relationship with Canonical.

But… here are some other key facts of interest. It’s about IBM:

  1. IBM funded, at least in part, Novell’s acquisition of S.u.S.E
  2. IBM approved the Novell/Microsoft deal on the day of the press conference
  3. IBM has an extensive and ever-growing software patents portfolio
  4. IBM may be trying tame Free software, just like Nokia intended to do not so long ago (lingering questions remain about the new DRM ‘solution’ for Linux)
  5. With Symphony and some other supposedly ‘open’ (as in standards) projects, it’s clear that IBM is not the biggest fan of Free software
  6. Some months ago it was revealed that IBM had been working on that dreaded thing called ‘Trusted’ Computing for GNU/Linux
  7. IBM is doing business with both Red Hat and Novell, on both the desktop- and the server-side.

The rest this story is reserved for the second part, which will be posted shortly.

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.

4 Comments

  1. Woods said,

    June 21, 2008 at 7:57 am

    Gravatar

    So, from Sun we’d have OpenSolaris+ZFS+MySQL and from RedHat/Oracle we’d have RHEL+btrfs (Oracle-sponsored ZFS-like filesystem)+Oracle.
    I wonder if DB2 and SuSE on S/390 make a good fit…

    As for point 3, is IBM’s portfolio defensive or offensive?

    Is point 6 a reference to this?
    http://domino.research.ibm.com/comm/research_projects.nsf/pages/gsal.TCG.html

    I wonder how well these techs would play together with other Linux security techs (SELinux mostly, I started feeling uneasy about AppArmor (SuSE, Ubuntu) after I found out MS had hired Crispin Cowan. Probably needlessly but still…)

  2. Roy Schestowitz said,

    June 21, 2008 at 8:18 am

    Gravatar

    As for point 3, is IBM’s portfolio defensive or offensive?

    IBM is cross-licensing a lot, There’s also OIN, but neither Sun nor IBM are of much use when it comes to battling software patents.

  3. Rupert F. said,

    June 21, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    Gravatar

    I don’t see the news in this.

  4. Roy Schestowitz said,

    June 21, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    Gravatar

    The news comes in Part II. I posted the first part this morning. I need to see what needs snipping in the second part (the ‘meat’ of it). It comes from a person who spoke to Hovsepian, so I must hide his identity.

DecorWhat Else is New


  1. Links 07/02/2023: Fedora 39 Development Plans Outlines

    Links for the day



  2. IRC Proceedings: Monday, February 06, 2023

    IRC logs for Monday, February 06, 2023



  3. Links 06/02/2023: Escuelas Linux 8.0 and Many Political Issues

    Links for the day



  4. Links 06/02/2023: Sparky 6.6 and IPFire 2.27 – Core Update 173

    Links for the day



  5. Taking Back Control or Seizing Autonomy Over the News Cycle (Informing People, Culling the Marketing)





  6. Reality Versus Fiction: EPO Insiders Versus EPO Web Site and UPC 'Churnalists'

    The "official" sources of the European Patent Office (EPO), as well as the sedated "media" that the EPO is bribing for further bias, cannot tell the truth about this very large institution; for proper examination of Europe's largest patent office one must pursue the interpretation by longtime veterans and insiders, who are increasingly upset and abused (they're being pressured to grant patents in violation of the charter of the EPO)



  7. Links 06/02/2023: Linux 6.2 RC7 and Fatal Earthquake

    Links for the day



  8. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, February 05, 2023

    IRC logs for Sunday, February 05, 2023



  9. Links 05/02/2023: Wayland in Bookworm and xvidtune 1.0.4

    Links for the day



  10. Links 05/02/2023: Pakistan Blocks Wikipedia, Musharraf Dies

    Links for the day



  11. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, February 04, 2023

    IRC logs for Saturday, February 04, 2023



  12. Links 04/02/2023: FOSDEM Happening and Ken Thompson in SoCal Linux Expo

    Links for the day



  13. 2023 is the Year Taxpayers' Money Goes to War and Energy Subsidies, Not Tech

    Now that a lot of powerful and omnipresent ‘tech’ (spying and policing) companies are rotting away we have golden opportunities to bring about positive change and maybe even recruit technical people for good causes



  14. Getting Back to Productive Computer Systems Would Benefit Public Health and Not Just Boost Productivity

    “Smartphoneshame” (shaming an unhealthy culture of obsession with “apps”) would potentially bring about a better, more sociable society with fewer mental health crises and higher productivity levels



  15. Links 04/02/2023: This Week in KDE and Many More Tech Layoffs

    Links for the day



  16. Dotcom Boom and Bust, Round 2

    The age of technology giants/monopolies devouring everything or military-funded (i.e. taxpayers-subsidised) surveillance/censorship tentacles, in effect privatised eyes of the state, may be ending; the United States can barely sustain that anymore and raising the debt ceiling won't solve that (buying time isn't the solution)



  17. Society Would Benefit From a Smartphoneshame Movement

    In a society plagued by blackmail, surveillance and frivolous lawsuits it is important to reconsider the notion of “smart” phone ownership; these devices give potentially authoritarian companies and governments far too much power over people (in the EU they want to introduce new legislation that would, in effect, ban Free software if it enables true privacy)



  18. IRC Proceedings: Friday, February 03, 2023

    IRC logs for Friday, February 03, 2023



  19. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, February 02, 2023

    IRC logs for Thursday, February 02, 2023



  20. Links 03/02/2023: Proton 7.0-6 Released, ScummVM 2.7 Testing

    Links for the day



  21. Links 03/02/2023: OpenSSH 9.2 and OBS Studio 29.0.1

    Links for the day



  22. Links 03/02/2023: GNU C Library 2.37

    Links for the day



  23. Sirius Finished

    Yesterday I was sent a letter approving my resignation from Sirius ‘Open Source’, two months after I had already announced that I was resigning with immediate effect; they sent an identical letter to my wife (this time, unlike before, they remembered to also change the names!!)



  24. The Collapse of Sirius in a Nutshell: How to Identify the Symptoms and Decide When to Leave

    Sirius is finished, but it's important to share the lessons learned with other people; there might be other "pretenders" out there and they need to be abandoned



  25. Links 03/02/2023: WINE 8.1 and RapidDisk 9.0.0

    Links for the day



  26. Links 02/02/2023: KDE Gear 22.12.2 and LibreOffice 7.5

    Links for the day



  27. Linux News or Marketing Platform?

    Ads everywhere: Phoronix puts them at the top, bottom, navigation bar, left, and right just to read some Microsoft junk (puff pieces about something that nobody other than Microsoft even uses); in addition there are pop-ups asking for consent to send visitors’ data to hundreds of data brokers



  28. Daily Links at Techrights Turn 15, Time to Give Them an Upgrade

    This year we have several 15-year anniversaries; one of them is Daily Links (it turned 15 earlier this week) and we've been working to improve these batches of links, making them a lot more extensive and somewhat better structured/clustered



  29. Back to Focusing on Unified Patent Court (UPC) Crimes and Illegal Patent Agenda, Including the EPO's

    The EPO's (European Patent Office, Europe's second-largest institution) violations of constitutions, laws and so on merit more coverage, seeing that what's left of the "media" not only fails to cover scandalous things but is actively cheering for criminals (in exchange for money)



  30. European Patent Office Staff Votes in Favour of Freedom of Association (97% of Voters in Support)

    The Central Staff Committee (CSC) at the EPO makes a strong case for António Campinos to stop breaking and law and actually start obeying court orders (he’s no better than Benoît Battistelli and he uses worse language already)


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