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01.01.12

The Better Side of Novell

Posted in Novell, OpenSUSE at 11:17 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: A new year’s post about the part of Novell which is not FOSS-hostile or parasitical

THE 'old Novell' keeps the lawsuit against Microsoft, which according to an update from Groklaw is not going to settle.

In a later post, Pamela Jones clarifies that:

Last we looked, Microsoft was breathing fire from its nose, telling the judge in the trial of the Novell antitrust complaint against it regarding WordPerfect and QuattroPro that it planned to renew its motion to dismiss as a matter of law by January 13th. This was right after the trial ended in a hung jury, but a jury made up of 12 people, all of whom indicated they thought Microsoft had behaved badly and one, or perhaps more, who couldn’t agree about damages. That letter made Microsoft sound confident about a second trial outcome. Or delusional. Take your pick.

When it comes to this case, we are on the side of old Novell of course. it is not the same Novell which Ron Hovsepian was running (into the ground). There is an innocent side here and it is not the side which conspired with Microsoft. Over at the OpenSUSE Web site we find this favourable new review of OpenSUSE and OpenSUSE won in a new comparison with Fedora, only to be further praises around Xmas time (‘OpenSUSE 12.1 a “Great Release”‘)

With some HOWTOs about this distro and even some new Xmas videos surfacing about it, we cannot really say anything negative at this time. Novell has been reasonably quiet and although some people struggle with OpenSUSE, quite a few seem to be happy with it now. To quote: “Installation takes 15 minutes or less, and then prompts you to either reboot or continue testing. You’re done!” Later on the same reviewer wrote to say that it ultimately did not work quite so well. But in any event, we try to start this year by being polite to the side of Novell which is not so harmful. Tomorrow is another day. This year we plan to put some more emphasis on Apple and its cult of patents. It’s not a new year’s resolution, but since this is the first year that Novell does not exist, we must refocus.

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