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07.08.08

Quick Mention: Microsoft Insider Takes Over VMWare

Posted in Corel, Microsoft, Novell, Virtualisation, Xen at 11:58 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Monopoly-abusing executive to make matters worse

We wrote about him and warned about it when he first joined EMC. We also shared a good introduction to him. Now he’s leading the company that competes with his former long-time employer. It’s clear that Microsoft will play the ‘frienemies’ card, just as it did when signing the deals with Novell, XenSource and Corel (it even acquired the second one, by proxy). Who was behind this tactless appointment? It’s a non-compete strategy. Et tu, VMWare? Welcome KVM.

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  1. Shane Coyle said,

    July 8, 2008 at 3:01 pm

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    And now a word from Stafford Masie, formerly of Novell, about the Microsoft Novell deal and VMware…

    …virtualization is very very key, customers want to utilize Linux as either a host operating system with Microsoft as a guest operating system, or vice versa, and yes wea re going to support the XEN technology there, the XEN hypervisor technology, Microsoft is going to support it too. Yes, there is a competitive angle there, yes we’re coming at VMware yes yes yes we are, ok thats part of it because but we’re doing it in an open source way, so were going to support the XEN technologies in our server platforms and togther collaborate and ensure it works properly, supported properly, etc

    Now as far as thats concerned, thats the technology aspects of it, now its broad from a Linux perspective, they’re essentially saying that anyone who is an OpenSUSE contributor is covered under the covenant. the covenant essentially is a patent agreement between Novell and Microsoft that says if you participate in the OpenSUSE distribution… as long as its not for commercial gain, that you are covered by this covenant, that they will not exercise what they believe is their patent rights…

    FWIW

  2. Roy Schestowitz said,

    July 8, 2008 at 3:35 pm

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    Wow. Reading it now after all this time is enlightening. I don’t think he was /supposed/ to say some of these things.

    OpenSUSE. Covered. Covenants. Not for commercial use…

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