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05.22.09

Companies Created by Former Microsoft Employees Rally Around Novell, (Pseud)Open Source

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FUD, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Novell, Patents at 4:42 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Companies to watch out for and their relationship with Novell and Microsoft

THIS IS A LIST OF NEWS AND OBSERVATIONS about companies which serve Microsoft. They all have something in common. They have roots in Microsoft.

Likewise

Likewise is close to Microsoft and it is also made up from its employees. According to the following press release (also here, here, and here), the ongoing relationship with Novell tightens a bit.

Likewise announced today that its Likewise Enterprise offering will ship as part of SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 from Novell.

There is of course a journal like CIOL to just present the press release and pretend it was an original article. Kristin Shoemaker, who has an indirect relationship with Novell, wrote about that too.

This is in no small part why Likewise’s software, geared to simplify managing and securing mixed networks using Active Directory services, is now being offered to SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 users. The Enterprise version of Likewise’s software will be integrated with the SUSE Desktop and available through SUSE 11 repositories.

John Fontana has an article about this in a few IDG domain, all going under the headline “Novell’s SLED 11 to ship with Active Directory gateway technology.” They are essentially paying Microsoft for this, but the payments go to Bellevue-based former Microsoft employees. This helps Microsoft control the price of GNU/Linux (namely elevate the cost and thus make it less attractive ). Why can’t they just use open standards?

Xenocode

Xenocode is a company filled with (former) Microsoft employees and since Microsoft is an open source xenophobe, this by no means helps. In its latest press release, Xenocode mentions its relationship with Novell that may involve software patents (or just licensing of proprietary code).

Xenocode also supports delivery of applications to enterprise desktops via Active Directory, LANDesk Management Suite, and BMC Configuration Management. Xenocode technology has been licensed by Novell and is available as part of Novell ZENworks Application Virtualization.

Black Duck

A couple of days ago we wrote about Black Duck, a company created by a Microsoft guy to produce proprietary software that capitalises on free/open source software. Its latest move with Microsoft might have it characterised as somewhat of a “bridge opener” — that is — an entity immersing itself in the open source world and then inviting Microsoft to become part of it in its embrace, extend and extinguish fashion. Novell is like that too. But here is another interesting observation.

Microsoft employees are now writing in the Seattle P-I (not just ghostwriting) and here is one Microsoft employee publishing to say that “CodePlex Okayed by Duck.”

As Dana Blankenhorn puts it, “Black Duck calls Microsoft open source mainstream.” In addition he points out:

Tony Rahman, a Microsoft program manager writing in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reader blog, says “each quarter it seems more leaders and their teams are onboard with the new attitude of cooperation, openness, and transparency.”

Believe him? Or is this post going to ignite yet-another Microsoft flame war?

This is just business as usual to Microsoft.

3CX

There is a new press release proudly going under the headline “Why a Windows based PBX trumps a Linux based appliance or proprietary PBX.”

Is it a study?

Is this a fact?

No, it’s just a press release from a Microsoft Gold-certified partner issuing whitepapers that are hostile to GNU/Linux. They sell Windows of course. Follow the money. It usually boils down to someone’s interests because objective studies don’t write themselves.

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