EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

01.12.09

Survey: Novell Likely to be Acquired (by Microsoft?)

Posted in Deals, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Novell, Red Hat, Ubuntu at 5:38 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The Most Likely Not to Survive 2009

Novell is recruiting and appointing Microsoft employees or Microsoft-sympathetic figures to occupy top positions. At the same time, it viciously fights Microsoft rivals like Sun and Red Hat whilst veteran Novell engineer, Greg K-H, chooses to throw mud at Ubuntu/Canonical.

It’s not exactly shocking that, based on this new survey, Novell may not survive for more than 12 months. It still operates at a loss.

Watch Novell…

#1 among technology companies… as one which is likely not to survive this year.

Novell in survey
Novell positioned ‘number one’ in badness league (they even
chose a colour scheme to suit ours)

People have already explained the rationale of Microsoft buying Novell, so this is neither far fetched nor a figment of our imagination. We wrote about this roughly half a dozen times over the past 2 years. Since then, Novell has readjusted its roadmap so as to focus more on Microsoft technologies, i.e. technical alignment. [Hat tip: Lyle Howard Seave]

Microsoft Novell

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

20 Comments

  1. The Mad Hatter said,

    January 12, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Gravatar

    I would have said SCO myself, but considering how they keep managing to find money under rocks, and that they have nothing which would make them worth purchasing, I guess that they might make it into 2010.

  2. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 12, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Gravatar

    I have a good update about SCO coming, but I’ll do it tomorrow because the server is on its knees (Slashdot effect) and I can hardly get pages to load up.

  3. Victor Soliz said,

    January 12, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Gravatar

    SCO filled bankruptcy last year so they wouldn’t really make good article material.

  4. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 12, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Gravatar

    I’d like to at least keep track of their mischiefs. :-)

    Groklaw will possibly resume and without Groklaw it’s hard to tell what’s going on because it’s a low-profile case.

    The site will hopefully be responsive again some time later tonight. I used Coral to lower the load right from the start, but it wasn’t enough to endure the rush.

  5. The Mad Hatter said,

    January 12, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Gravatar

    Yes, the server does seem to be overloaded. I’ve had problems reading articles here today, even during working hours (I was off work today).

  6. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 12, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Gravatar

    I put it on Coral, but it was too much. I did the best I could though, so no regrets are necessary.

    Maybe we just need to move to a stronger server.

    I think that on the busiest day we clocked almost 20GB in one day (last year), excluding traffic on the mirrors.

  7. Ian said,

    January 12, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Gravatar

    Since then, Novell has readjusted its roadmap so as to focus more on Microsoft technologies, i.e. technical alignment.

    Aside from Mono, which is a minuscule if not none existent part of Novell’s money making product lines, what have they exactly lined up? If you’re talking about strategic alignment, just keep something in mind, most of what Novell makes money from is in direct competition with Microsoft offerings.

  8. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 12, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Gravatar

    It has a decreasing impact though. For Microsoft, buying out the WordPerfect case would be desirable.

  9. ushimitsudoki said,

    January 12, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Gravatar

    I don’t expect Microsoft to buy Novell.

    First off, I don’t think Microsoft can directly use Novell more effectively than it can indirectly use Novell. Microsoft is quite satisfied with Novell’s constant support and assistance in spreading Microsoft technology throughout the Open Source ecosystem. It enhances Microsoft’s message that they are an Open Source-friendly company and it gets their technology into the minds and machines of people who wouldn’t touch a Microsoft product if it was clearly labeled one.

    Buying Novell can’t do this any *better*, it would just make it more transparent. Consider how many people would be gung-ho about promoting mono/moonlight if it came straight from Microsoft, rather than through Novell.

    Second, I don’t think Microsoft wants to *own* anything Novell has – or at least not enough to make it worth buying. Microsoft doesn’t care to *buy* competitors to Windows/Office – it wants to *destroy* them. At best, it wants to incorporate any ideas directly into Microsoft products and discard the shell.

    Novell doesn’t really offer anything Microsoft doesn’t – it just offers *alternatives* to Microsoft’s offerings. And Microsoft isn’t really big on that. And what it does offer may already be under some license or agreement that Microsoft finds disagreeable. It’s not enough for Microsoft to own a technology, they have to also make sure they can wield that ownership against others.

    So, how would it benefit Microsoft to directly own Novell? Novell is already doing just about everything Microsoft could hope for. Novell constantly attacks other Open Source companies, spreads Microsoft technology, and sows division and discontent in the community. Microsoft couldn’t get away with that behavior, but Novell can. Novell can hang around for quite some time and serve Microsoft’s purposes – Microsoft can always purchase a new round of vouchers if cash gets too low.

    Funding Novell is basically an advertising budget line item to Microsoft.

  10. Jose_X said,

    January 13, 2009 at 3:22 am

    Gravatar

    >> Novell doesn’t really offer anything Microsoft doesn’t – it just offers *alternatives* to Microsoft’s offerings.

    As an alternative possibility to what you wrote, we might instead find:

    Microsoft wants Novell’s business customers, but they can get it cheaper than through buying Novell. Think of pirates. Why buy that ship on the high seas (if you aren’t interested in more ships) when you can assail it, mount it, and rob it of all its really important valuables?

    Channel partners will be pulled towards Pirate Microsoft, and Pirate Microsoft sympathizers aboard Novell (including those who mounted the ship) will help out.

    Later, Pirate Microsoft just leaves the leftover carcass hull while it further takes numerous key employees on board the Pirate Microsoft ship.

    Oh, prior to leaving Novell for good, Pirate Proxy may come in and buy up the Linux assets for cheap.. that is if Pirate Microsoft prefers to use some other proxy (like Pirate Proxy) to do Novell’s proxy work. [Pirate Proxy might be a private company managed by ex softies.]

  11. mpz said,

    January 13, 2009 at 3:58 am

    Gravatar

    Well, Novell ‘owns unix’ don’t they? They think they do anyway. They have a decent patent portfolio – that is afterall why MS are paying them, I guess.

    Probably still be here all of 2009 – unless they get some rogues running the ship who just want to strip it’s assets for cash.

  12. SubSonica said,

    January 13, 2009 at 4:19 am

    Gravatar

    About Novell being acquired (either by Microsoft or others -by proxy, for example even in the shape of a merger-), people working inside the companies and industry can “smell” these movements (by being witness of execs movements, meetings, comments) months in advance of the general public and even the press knows about it…

    What is striking of channel insider’s prediction (last slide) is that it openly portrays Novell as a zombie, puppet (“satellite”) company artificially mantained alive in the market solely at the will and to serve Microsoft’s best interests…

    “it is in Microsoft’s strategic interest to keep Novell in play as a satellite entity to help slow Red Hat’s momentum”

  13. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 13, 2009 at 4:51 am

    Gravatar

    I agree that Novell is more useful to Microsoft as an isolated company — for now.

  14. Shane Coyle said,

    January 13, 2009 at 7:34 am

    Gravatar

    Isn’t there a way or plugin in WP to create a static version of the page for Slashdotting – at least it would decrease the thrashing of the DB on every visit…

  15. SubSonica said,

    January 13, 2009 at 8:53 am

    Gravatar

    WP-caché, I guess…

    http://mnm.uib.es/gallir/wp-cache-2/

  16. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 13, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Gravatar

    Shane, be careful installing new plugins. It was flaky the last time I tried. Compatibility is an issue too because we’re on LTS (up to date).

  17. Victor Soliz said,

    January 13, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Gravatar

    I don’t expect Microsoft to buy Novell.

    First off, I don’t think Microsoft can directly use Novell more effectively than it can indirectly use Novell.

    I think you meant viceversa, right?

    Novell owns Unix.

  18. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 13, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Gravatar

    With the mythical stolen code in Linux.

    http://boycottnovell.com/2008/05/31/microsoft-novell-next-sco/
    http://boycottnovell.com/2007/08/14/novell-deny-sco-2/

  19. ushimitsudoki said,

    January 13, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Gravatar

    @Victor:

    No, I mean that Novell is more useful right now to Microsoft in its current role as cat’s-paw.

  20. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 14, 2009 at 5:10 am

    Gravatar

    SJVN said the same thing a few weeks ago. This may change some time down the line.

What Else is New


  1. Vista 10 Inherently Criminal: Vandalising the Competition (Dual Boot, Rival Web Browsers, Online Services)

    Vista 10, the latest incarnation of Windows, takes its anticompetitive aspects to a whole new level, betraying even so-called 'partners' in the process



  2. As Microsoft AstroTurfing/PR Budget Runs Dry, Vista 10 Truths Come Out

    The media manipulation by Microsoft (to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars spent on 'marketing') grows thin as a growing number of growingly angry early adopters of Vista 10 publicly rant



  3. Links 31/7/2015: Lennart Poettering as 'Linux Hero' and systemd Conference Coming

    Links for the day



  4. Links 30/7/2015: Apache Spark on Z System, Elive 2.6.8 Beta

    Links for the day



  5. Microsoft's Mouthpiece Mary Branscombe Tries to Shoot Down Free Software, But Fails Miserably

    At the CBS-owned ZDNet, which is Free/Open Source software-hostile, new FUD surfaces, but the FUD is so flawed that a full rebuttal is easy and almost imperative



  6. People of New Zealand Must Rise Up to Defend Sovereignty and Stop Software Patents

    The TPPA serves to override (launder) the law of New Zealand, allegedly legalising patents on software in the process



  7. Microsoft Illegally Evades Billions of Dollars in Tax, Says IRS

    The criminal enterprise known as Microsoft finds itself embarrassingly exposed in the courtroom, for the IRS belatedly (decades too late) targets the company in an effort to tackle massive tax evasions



  8. Vista 10 Very Buggy Upon Release, Just as We Have Repeatedly Warned for Weeks

    Vista 10 is prematurely pushed out the door (to meet a deadline) way ahead of it being stable, even remotely polished, and supported by hardware companies (there is a serious drivers issue)



  9. Surveillance Machine With a Keylogger: Vista 10 Will Spy on the User (Over the Internet) Even While Playing Games

    Microsoft is making it clear that even playing a simple game like Solitaire on Vista 10 will make one subjected to spying (for targeted ads); other serious violations of privacy revealed upon release



  10. Links 29/7/2015: Akademy 2015 Ends, NetBSD 7.0 RC

    Links for the day



  11. MPEG-LA is Preparing New Patent Obstruction (Called DASH) Against Free Software, OIN Grows

    A new conspiracy against free multimedia software, set up by the MPEG cartel, is called DASH



  12. New Zealand's Media Gets History Wrong on Software Patents

    Setting the record straight on the fight against software patents in New Zealand



  13. Not Only Vista 10 Crashes a Lot, Any .NET Application Does Too (Updated)

    Microsoft software is quickly becoming synonymous with crashes as any piece of software developed with Microsoft's tools, not just the underlying platform, crashes chronically



  14. The Government of Bulgaria Sells Out to Microsoft, Again

    Despite some promises and reassurances that Bulgaria will consider Free/libre software, the Bulgarian government hands out a lot more of taxpayers' money to the Mafia



  15. Corporate Media Finally Finds Out That Vista 10 Crashes a Lot

    Stability issues of Vista 10 are belatedly reported to be a major catastrophe, leaving it unusable for many early adopters



  16. Links 28/7/2015: Linux 4.2 RC4, New Logos and Bug 'Branding' for FUD

    Links for the day



  17. Patents Roundup: Technicolor, Alice, Voip-Pal, Fitbit, Marijuana Patents, and JDate

    A look at some of last week's patent news, with imperative responses that criticise corporate exploitation of patents for protectionism (excluding and/or driving away the competition using legal threats)



  18. Corporate Lobbyists Including Koch-Connected Front Groups Attack Real and Perceived Patent Reform in the United States

    Looking at some of the latest propaganda for and against a bill which is already too watered-down to actually fix the US patent system



  19. Patents in the Android World Further Complicate Freedom in This Linux-Powered Platform

    A survey of last week's news with special focus on Google and Android, which are trying to coexist and thrive in a world full of patent maximalists



  20. The 'Unitary' Patent Trojan Horse Rammed Down the Throat of Europe

    Under the guise of 'unification' or 'unity', existing patent systems are being abandoned and more power gets passed to corrupt EPO officials



  21. HEVC Cartel is Not News, Only the Names of Backers and the Costs Are New

    A few remarks on and a roundup of recent articles about HEVC, which we first wrote about in spring



  22. IRC Proceedings: July 12th, 2015 – July 25th, 2015

    Many IRC logs



  23. Links 26/7/2015: Purism Librem and Freedom, Akademy Updates

    Links for the day



  24. Vista 10 (Windows 10) Has NSA Back Doors and Front Doors

    Vista 10 to bring new ways for spies (and other crackers) to remotely access people's computers and remotely modify the binary files on them (via Windows Update, which for most people cannot be disabled)



  25. Vista 10 Not Ready, But Released Anyway

    Despite severe technical issues in the rushed-out-the-door Vista 10, Microsoft decides to stick with the deadline, only days after reporting billions of dollars in losses



  26. Links 25/7/2015: Plasma Mobile, Linux Mint 17.2 OEM

    Links for the day



  27. Links 24/7/2015: openSUSE Leap 42.1, Intel With Rackspace for OpenStack

    Links for the day



  28. Links 24/7/2015: GNOME 3.17.4, Mozilla Developer Network Turns 10

    Links for the day



  29. Microsoft Has Run Out of Attempts and Vista 10 Will Definitely Fail

    As Microsoft admits billions of dollars in losses just days before Vista 10 is pushed as a 'free' upgrade, there is no concrete sign that financial recovery is imminent, for the bigger cash cow (Office) suffers a similar fate



  30. GNU/Linux Circles Ought to Stop Promoting Visual Studio, Which is Neither Cross-Platform Nor Free Software

    Media carries on openwashing Visual Studio and perpetuating the illusion that it is not tied to Microsoft Windows


CoPilotCo

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

CoPilotCo

Recent Posts