09.27.11

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Legal Action Against Microsoft the Last of Novell’s Relevance

Posted in Law at 11:00 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Novell is like Sun

Sun held

Summary: After Novell lost its business and its soul to Microsoft all that remains is the WordPerfect case

THE ROTTING of Novell at Attachmate is reminiscent of Sun’s fate inside Oracle.

Dave Kearns looks back at this history lesson, writing: “He then goes on to tell about the great Novell-Microsoft networking rivalry in the 1990s — when Novell released NetWare Directory Services (NDS) in 1994, Microsoft vowed to have its own directory service in Windows NT 5 (later released as Windows 2000). Kemp relates that Novell countered again saying that not only does a NOS need a directory today, but it needs one that is cross-platform.”

“SUSE is considered a separate entity and it is now sponsored by Microsoft.”Novell used to be a massive company. Now it is not even a company. Some other companies are hiring former Novellers at all levels because there is not much left in Novell and Tom Harvey, who has covered Novell very extensively over the years, writes: “After six years in an out-of-state jurisdiction, a lawsuit by Provo’s Novell that accuses Microsoft of anti-trust violations involving WordPerfect has returned home to Utah, and with it a bygone era of technology history is about to come back into view.”

Maybe that’s the only thing left of Novell now that SCO’s case seems to be over. SUSE is considered a separate entity and it is now sponsored by Microsoft.

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