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10.21.10

How Mono Helps Microsoft DirectX, With Contribution From VMB_ware

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Mono, Novell, OpenSUSE, Patents, SLES/SLED, VMware at 8:21 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz


Paul Maritz (VMB_ware CEO, formerly Microsoft)
Photo by Robert Scoble

Summary: Several Microsoft executives who run VMB_ware continue to work on projects which, along with Novell’s projects help empower and spread Microsoft APIs

ACCORDING to this new article from IDG, VMB_ware and Novell are currently negotiating the price which VMB_ware will pay for SUSE (along with Mono and Moonlight based on some other reports). VMB_ware is run by executives who used to work for Microsoft and it may soon have power over Microsoft APIs inside GNU/Linux, including Gallium3D which appears to promote DirectX at OpenGL's expense.

IDG makes it sound as though the sale to VMB_ware is almost a done deal. To quote:

The Wall Street Journal is reporting rumors that VMware may buy Novell’s SUSE Linux OS business, though Atachmate is competing for the est of the company’s assets.

VMware and Novell have agreed on everything but price, according to the WSJ, which cites unnamed analysts as saying the tools built to help Linux administrators manage virtualized OSes will strengthen VMware’s own VM management apps.

We are beginning to wonder what VMB_ware may plan to do with Microsoft-taxed SUSE, Mono, and Gallium3D. These assets can help VMB_ware help Microsoft. To quote a conversation from yesterday, there is evidence to suggest Mono is now linking/embedding some Gallium3D.

Very informal discussion ought to be assumed (it is an IRC discussion, thus nothing polished):

jimbo_ I read a week or 2 ago about VMB_Ware pushing DirectX Oct 20 19:33
schestowitz Any news on that? Oct 20 19:34
schestowitz gnufreex and Diablo-D3 raised the issue Oct 20 19:34
jimbo_ you might find it interesting to note that Moonlie is using it Oct 20 19:34
schestowitz I just published the logs Oct 20 19:34
jimbo_ the gallium3d thing Oct 20 19:34
Diablo-D3 Im completely fine with it Oct 20 19:34
jimbo_ so team appologista is also pushing it Oct 20 19:35
Diablo-D3 the tracker is only for dx10/11, which is an almost carbon copy of gl3+future. Oct 20 19:35
gnufreex It looks like there is no patent danger. I checked. But there is still API control danger. Oct 20 19:35
Diablo-D3 and, the tracker itself is almost a carbon copy of how you’d write a future-only gl3 tracker. Oct 20 19:35
jimbo_ diablo3d just like .not is a clone of java? ;) Oct 20 19:35
schestowitz vmware gallium3d? Oct 20 19:35
Diablo-D3 jimbo_: -D3, and yes, basically how c# copies java Oct 20 19:35
Diablo-D3 jimbo_: except its c++ and LOOKs like d3d9, it just isnt Oct 20 19:36
jimbo_ diablo: m$ has patents all over the place on .net Oct 20 19:36
Diablo-D3 anyone trying d3d10/11 with a 9 mindset will write shit Oct 20 19:36
Diablo-D3 sun has patents all over the place Oct 20 19:36
Diablo-D3 also, this is an API Oct 20 19:36
Diablo-D3 the patents being held will be held by companies like AMD and Nvidia Oct 20 19:36
Diablo-D3 remember, gl and d3d both are high level wrappers for vendor-specific HALs Oct 20 19:36
jimbo_ JoseX a while back wrote a very interesting piece about how you can patent APIs Oct 20 19:36
Diablo-D3 they dont _do_ anything Oct 20 19:36
schestowitz APIs can have patent traps Oct 20 19:36
Diablo-D3 schestowitz: not without having the patent invalidated Oct 20 19:37
schestowitz jimbo_: yes, beat me to it Oct 20 19:37
jimbo_ schestowitz :) Oct 20 19:37
Diablo-D3 like, I can write an API that uploads s3tc to a video card Oct 20 19:37
Diablo-D3 they cant sue me Oct 20 19:37
Diablo-D3 Im not decoding it Oct 20 19:37
Diablo-D3 the video card is Oct 20 19:37
gnufreex Microsoft has one OpenGL patent they bought from failing SGI Oct 20 19:37
gnufreex Rest are expired. Oct 20 19:37
Diablo-D3 gnufreex: except it applies to _running_ GL Oct 20 19:37
Diablo-D3 as in, what happens on the video card Oct 20 19:37
Diablo-D3 there is nothing being done usefully in software, for performance reasons Oct 20 19:37
jimbo_ anyways, about to head out with friends Oct 20 19:38
jimbo_ just thought I’d pass along the info about moonli and gallium3d Oct 20 19:38
schestowitz Diablo-D3: APis alone are not the infringement, but writing for them may be Oct 20 19:38
jimbo_ moonlie Oct 20 19:38
schestowitz link/ Oct 20 19:38
schestowitz ? Oct 20 19:38
schestowitz SVN/GIT? Oct 20 19:38
jimbo_ hold on, gotta re-search for it Oct 20 19:38
Diablo-D3 schestowitz: but we’re not writing for them Oct 20 19:38
jimbo_ yea, it’ll be in git in the configure.in Oct 20 19:38
Diablo-D3 AMD and Nvidia and Intel did Oct 20 19:39
schestowitz Maybe VMB_ware will just buy Mono Oct 20 19:39
Diablo-D3 remember, all this shit runs on the card Oct 20 19:39
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[gotunandan/@gotunandan] RT @cassidyjames So, OS X Lion App Store = !Ubuntu Software Center, Mission Control = Gnome Shell, Multitouch Gestures = UTouch… what … Oct 20 19:39
jimbo_ http://github.com/mono/moon/blob/master/m4/gallium.m4 Oct 20 19:40
TechrightsBot-tr Title: m4/gallium.m4 at master from mono’s moon – GitHub .::. Size~: 38.95 KB Oct 20 19:40
jimbo_ that’s the gallium3d detection code Oct 20 19:41
jimbo_ configure script code Oct 20 19:41
jimbo_ http://github.com/mono/moon/blob/master/configure.ac Oct 20 19:41
TechrightsBot-tr Title: configure.ac at master from mono’s moon – GitHub .::. Size~: 72.32 KB Oct 20 19:41
jimbo_ that’s their configure.ac which uses it Oct 20 19:42
jimbo_ phoronix also talked about it Oct 20 19:42
jimbo_ iirc Oct 20 19:42
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[flameeyes/@flameeyes] Did #Canonical not trademark #Launchpad? Now we’re going to get confusion between theirs and Apple’s :/ Oct 20 19:42
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[tekk/@tekk] okay !rmsgnulinux, I know you’ve been waiting forever for 1.2.5 kde but right now I’m working in a kde 3.5.12(trinity) package for ya \o/ Oct 20 19:42
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[schestowitz/@schestowitz] Open source moves into the enterprise at NZ organisations http://ur1.ca/24rip Not just NZ, but this is NZ-based site Oct 20 19:42
TechrightsBot-tr Title: Open source moves into the enterprise at NZ organisations | Computerworld NZ .::. Size~: 44.47 KB Oct 20 19:42
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[eff/@eff] Geotag, You’re It! https://eff.org/r.2tv Android and iOS respect your geolocation settings. Check them! Oct 20 19:44
TechrightsBot-tr Title: Geotag, You’re It! What Your Smartphone Might Be Saying Behind Your Back | Privacy Rights Clearinghouse .::. Size~: 26.49 KB Oct 20 19:44
*scientes (~scientes@c-76-28-168-154.hsd1.wa.comcast.net) has joined #techrights Oct 20 19:45
jimbo_ http://tirania.org/blog/archive/2010/Jan-07.html Oct 20 19:47
TechrightsBot-tr Title: Pixel Shaders for Moonlight – Miguel de Icaza .::. Size~: 14.13 KB Oct 20 19:47
jimbo_ that shows they are indeed using it Oct 20 19:47
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[tekk/@tekk] !rmsgnulinux if anyone doesn’t know, trinity is the kde3 continuation project. Hopefully we may become a go-to distro for kde3 lovers =3 Oct 20 19:47
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[schestowitz/@schestowitz] #HP announces #Palm Pre 2 with WebOS 2.0 http://ur1.ca/24rl9 “1GHz Palm Pre 2, as well as a major WebOS 2.0 update” !llinux Oct 20 19:47
TechrightsBot-tr Title: HP announces Palm Pre 2 with WebOS 2.0 – News – Linux for Devices .::. Size~: 55.63 KB Oct 20 19:47
jimbo_ vm_bware might be buying mono/moonlie as an injection vector Oct 20 19:48
jimbo_ for gallium3d Oct 20 19:48
jimbo_ piggyback on other patent trojans Oct 20 19:48
jimbo_ you can probably find more info about this Oct 20 19:49
jimbo_ this is only a start Oct 20 19:49
jimbo_ but I find it highly suspect Oct 20 19:49
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[nhi/@nhi] ♻ @eff: Geotag, You’re It! https://eff.org/r.2tv Android and iOS respect your geolocation settings. Check them! Oct 20 19:49
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[nhi/@nhi] ♻ @schestowitz: #HP announces #Palm Pre 2 with WebOS 2.0 http://ur1.ca/24rl9 “1GHz Palm Pre 2, as well as a major WebOS 2.0 update” Oct 20 19:49
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[schestowitz/@schestowitz] Sheesh! When Will Folks Acknowledge GNU/Linux Has Arrived? http://ur1.ca/24rlo Linux dead? 2000 called, wants headline back… Oct 20 19:49
TechrightsBot-tr Title: Geotag, You’re It! What Your Smartphone Might Be Saying Behind Your Back | Privacy Rights Clearinghouse .::. Size~: 26.47 KB Oct 20 19:49
jimbo_ too much of a coincidence Oct 20 19:49
TechrightsBot-tr Title: HP announces Palm Pre 2 with WebOS 2.0 – News – Linux for Devices .::. Size~: 55.63 KB Oct 20 19:49
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jimbo_ good night Oct 20 19:49
*jimbo_ has quit (Quit: Page closed) Oct 20 19:50

Assuming there is intent to just promote Microsoft APIs, OpenSUSE ought to escape Novell/VMB_ware by forking and breaking away from Novell trademarks (VMB_ware has no real development communities). There is an OpenSUSE Conference (OSC) these days [1, 2], but apart from that, almost nothing is going on at OpenSUSE anymore. Andreas Jaeger has just announced a new release of OSB, but that’s about it:

The openSUSE Build Service – OBS – is now officially at release 2.1. We’re delighted with the improvements in this release, including an enhanced web interface, integration with online code management systems and better access controls.

More here:

Tomorrow the openSUSE Conference is beginning in the always-wonderful Germany for a three-day event about the openSUSE project and free software in general with a variety of hacking sessions, birds of a feather sessions, and surely some Nürnberg beer along the way. Sadly due to some last minute scheduling changes and only getting back from San Diego yesterday, I on the behalf of Phoronix will not be in attendance at the German conference, but there is openSUSE news to report today: version 2.1 of the openSUSE Build Service has just been released.

In order for OpenSUSE to secure a GNU/Linux direction, its developers may have to get dissociated from Novell before it’s sold to the Microsoft executives who run VMB_ware. It seems as though they are quite interested in the Mono part, which is Novell’s crown jewel (in its own eyes at least).

10.10.10

VMB_ware — Now Headed by Former Microsoft Executives — is Claimed to be Promoting Microsoft DirectX Inside Linux

Posted in GNU/Linux, Kernel, Microsoft, Mono, Patents, VMware, Wine at 4:26 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz


Paul Maritz
Photo by Robert Scoble

Summary: Non-standard and Microsoft-controlled APIs are said to be pushed into Microsoft’s #1 competition (Linux) via the VM company people should beware as it also strives to buy Mono

MICROSOFT is not the only company which attacks GNU/Linux using software patents, not anymore anyway (thus the need to diversify). But some of the companies which are attacking GNU/Linux using software patents are either Microsoft partners or entities which are accommodated by former Microsoft staff and today we’ll show some examples from the news. This post concentrates on VMware, which would be better off known as VMB_ware.

As we’ve been stressing and documenting for a couple of years, VMB_ware is the home of several ex-Microsoft executives. Even Microsoft bloggers are saying it. This does not take some crazy theory to show, one just needs to read the CVs of the top management there.

We have written several lengthy posts which explain how VMB_ware suffocates Zimbra [1, 2, 3], which poses a risk to Microsoft’s Exchange (VMB_ware’s parent company, EMC, appears to be promoting Exchange). Why can’t more people foresee the negative effects of SUSE being offered to VMB_ware?

One of our readers who goes by the name of gnufreex raised a curious point a short while ago. By the way, his opinions are his own are there are attempts by mobbyists to smear Techrights over mere informal words (IRC) of people who participate, so be sure to check context. To quote just a portion of a much longer discussion:

-TRIdentica/#techrights-[phoronix/@phoronix] Wine 1.2.1 Brings A Bunch Of Fixes: While a lot of new code has already been introduced into the Wine 1.3 developm… http://bit.ly/cwdVRe Oct 08 17:49
TechrightsBot-tr Title: [Phoronix] Wine 1.2.1 Brings A Bunch Of Fixes .::. Size~: 15.41 KB Oct 08 17:49
gnufreex Wine guys shitcaned Direct3D Oct 08 17:50
gnufreex No can do says them Oct 08 17:50
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[mairin/@mairin] @bkuhn can i see the logo? i haven’t seen any links to it! Oct 08 17:51
Tekk_ O.o Oct 08 17:51
Tekk_ isn’t direct3d needed for like……..everything now? Oct 08 17:51
gnufreex No.. Not that way. Oct 08 17:51
Tekk_ hmm? Oct 08 17:51
gnufreex I meant Linux native Direct3D Oct 08 17:51
Tekk_ ah Oct 08 17:51
Tekk_ as opposed to through wine Oct 08 17:52
gnufreex VMware is creating Linux native Direc3D Oct 08 17:52
gnufreex They bought Tungsten Graphics Oct 08 17:52
gnufreex They work on Gallium3D Oct 08 17:52
Tekk_ oh dear god Oct 08 17:52
gnufreex And they now pluged Direct3D in Galallium Oct 08 17:52
Tekk_ that’s the biggest patent trap I could ever imagine Oct 08 17:52
gnufreex Yes Oct 08 17:52
Tekk_ go for it vmware! but take novell with you first! Oct 08 17:53
gnufreex I am sure VMware wil crosslicense. Oct 08 17:56
gnufreex We can hate them next. Oct 08 17:56
Tekk_ yayyyy Oct 08 17:56
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[bkuhn/@bkuhn] @mairin, which logo? Conservancy logo @fabsh designed is on sfconservancy.org . First candidate !FaiFCast logo from @vinzv is: ur1.ca/204bi Oct 08 17:57
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[mairin/@mairin] @bkuhn oh wow i really love the logo @fabsh did, kick ass! Oct 08 17:57
DiabloD3 [12:52:41] <Tekk_> that’s the biggest patent trap I could ever imagine\ Oct 08 17:58
DiabloD3 how so? Oct 08 17:58
DiabloD3 and by the way Oct 08 17:58
DiabloD3 its for d3d10/11 only Oct 08 17:58
DiabloD3 the API is pretty different from 9 and earlier Oct 08 17:58
gnufreex Really, VMware is deader as KVM is better and better. Oct 08 17:58

[...]

DiabloD3 Tekk_: yes, but they cant patent anything here that GL isnt already in violation of Oct 08 17:59
Tekk_ oh, so there’s hope Oct 08 17:59
DiabloD3 its just an API Oct 08 17:59
DiabloD3 it works the same way GL3 in future mode does. Oct 08 17:59
Tekk_ so they could basically just make it a wrapper? Oct 08 18:00
Tekk_ cool Oct 08 18:00
DiabloD3 well, wine is “just a wrapper” Oct 08 18:00
DiabloD3 they’re making a native state tracker just to make it faster Oct 08 18:00
gnufreex But there is again problem. Oct 08 18:00
DiabloD3 theres no “problem” Oct 08 18:00
gnufreex Games will port to Linux and it will be DirectX Oct 08 18:01
gnufreex That is bad., Oct 08 18:01
DiabloD3 you can write D3D10/11 native code on linux… but you cant run that code on windows Oct 08 18:01
gnufreex They should be OpenGL Oct 08 18:01
DiabloD3 and you cant take your windows code and compile it on linux Oct 08 18:01
DiabloD3 so you still need wine Oct 08 18:01
DiabloD3 gnufreex: and no Oct 08 18:02
DiabloD3 go look at d3d10/11 Oct 08 18:02
DiabloD3 its almost an entirely different API Oct 08 18:02
gnufreex OpenGL is better. I looked. Oct 08 18:02
DiabloD3 opengl3 in future mode, and d3d10/11 do shit how the card wants it Oct 08 18:02
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[mairin/@mairin] @fabsh i could tell from the smaller version – it’s brilliant. the circuit board roots too :) Oct 08 18:02
DiabloD3 they both act and work the same Oct 08 18:02
DiabloD3 microsoft basically admitted d3d was trash, and cloned opengl with a d3d naming style Oct 08 18:02
DiabloD3 its sorta like what c# is to java Oct 08 18:03
gnufreex So they will later do extend and extinguish Oct 08 18:03
DiabloD3 get what Im saying? Oct 08 18:03
DiabloD3 well, they cant extend and extinguish Oct 08 18:03
DiabloD3 opengl keeps pushing features first Oct 08 18:03
DiabloD3 microsoft has to somehow get AMD and Nvidia both to support d3d features before opengl has them Oct 08 18:03
DiabloD3 which is impossible Oct 08 18:04
DiabloD3 microsoft refuses to let vendors be part of the design process Oct 08 18:04
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[fabsh/@fabsh] @mairin Hehehe…. Thanks. @bkuhn had the original idea and we refined it together. I really like doing logos! :) Oct 08 18:04
DiabloD3 which is extremely hilarious about d3d10 Oct 08 18:04
DiabloD3 they copied an API that has 100% vendor input AND is older than d3d Oct 08 18:04
gnufreex Stupid people think DirectX is better than OpenGL. And most people are stupid. So it doesn’t matter. Oct 08 18:04
DiabloD3 gnufreex: well now it no longer matters Oct 08 18:05
DiabloD3 d3d IS opengl. Oct 08 18:05
DiabloD3 well, d3d10/11 is Oct 08 18:05
DiabloD3 its the same fucking api, just with incompatible syntax. Oct 08 18:05
gnufreex I have tough time beleiving that. Oct 08 18:05
DiabloD3 microsoft has basically killed d3d10/11 adoption because of it Oct 08 18:05
DiabloD3 all the hardcore opengl haters wont go to 10/11 from 9 Oct 08 18:05
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[bkuhn/@bkuhn] @fabsh sounds like you and @vinzv should fight over who gets the !FaiFCast logo,then. :) competing logo proposals could be fun for me & @kaz Oct 08 18:06
DiabloD3 (which 10/11 is vista7′s big selling point for gamers) Oct 08 18:06
gnufreex So then, this is the time when OpenGL should be pushed hard. No phuckin DirectX Oct 08 18:06
DiabloD3 gnufreex: not at all. Oct 08 18:06
DiabloD3 the problem is, the state tracker doesnt do anything for me Oct 08 18:06
DiabloD3 portal 2 is a d3d9 game. Oct 08 18:06
gnufreex Why to let MS kill DirectX Oct 08 18:06
gnufreex ? Oct 08 18:06
gnufreex If Linux have DirectX, OpenGL is dead Oct 08 18:06
gnufreex Nobody will use it Oct 08 18:07
DiabloD3 not at all Oct 08 18:07
DiabloD3 the most important game of the year is d3d9. Oct 08 18:07
gnufreex Everybody thinks DirectX is best thing since slice bread. Oct 08 18:07
DiabloD3 and no, NO ONE thinks directx is any good Oct 08 18:07
gnufreex Everybody are idiots. Oct 08 18:07
DiabloD3 it costs sales. Oct 08 18:07
DiabloD3 no android sales, no mac sales, no iphone sales. Oct 08 18:07
DiabloD3 and theres only one game console that uses d3d, and thats xbox, and the xbox doesnt do 10/11, it uses a customized version of 9 Oct 08 18:08
DiabloD3 so if they’re shipping pc AND xbox, its going to be a d3d9 pipeline (or multiple pipelines, and everyone hates that) Oct 08 18:08
-TRIdentica/#techrights-[fabsh/@fabsh] @bkuhn OK. I have an idea for one. Will try to squeeze it into my schedule…. @vinzv Oct 08 18:09
DiabloD3 all the other game consoles either offer some opengl or opengl-like api, or the rendering pipeline is completely different (ps2/psp/ps3, etc) Oct 08 18:09
DiabloD3 gnufreex: dx is rather dead Oct 08 18:10
DiabloD3 most games being sold are either opengl, or are neither gl or d3d. Oct 08 18:10
DiabloD3 why sell a silly PC game, when you can sell 25 times more on the DS? or 15 times more on the wii? Oct 08 18:10
DiabloD3 or if you need those next gen graphics, 10 to 15 times more on a PS3. Oct 08 18:11
DiabloD3 xbox has very few native xbox titles, and they dont sell well Oct 08 18:11
DiabloD3 gnufreex: so d3d10/11 on linux really doesnt mean shit at the end of the day. Oct 08 18:11
DiabloD3 not only that, they’ve cut themselves out of the largest gaming segment: casual gamers Oct 08 18:13
DiabloD3 I already mentioned iphone and android Oct 08 18:13
DiabloD3 but appletv and google tv may end up being casual gamer platforms as well Oct 08 18:13
DiabloD3 and microsoft is totally fucked out of that. Oct 08 18:13
gnufreex Apple has propriatary OpenGL extensions. Stipid Steve Jobs. Oct 08 18:14
DiabloD3 nope. Oct 08 18:15
DiabloD3 Apple is a vendor, they actually CAN name new extensions Oct 08 18:16
DiabloD3 its legit Oct 08 18:16
DiabloD3 and several apple extensions have made it into core. Oct 08 18:16
DiabloD3 apple maintains their own opengl stack for osx, and also a different one for opengl es on iOS hardware Oct 08 18:16
DiabloD3 mesa also has extensions Oct 08 18:16
DiabloD3 gnufreex: you cant just mysteriously have a phantom extension Oct 08 18:17
DiabloD3 you have to register for a number, and you cant register without a completed spec Oct 08 18:17
DiabloD3 gnufreex: I have no problem with Apple proposing new extensions Oct 08 18:19
DiabloD3 even Microsoft had that power at one time, before they quit the opengl board Oct 08 18:20
gnufreex When I last heard about that, Apple was not feeding back into core. Oct 08 18:20
gnufreex You say they are. Oct 08 18:21
gnufreex Then it’s fine. Oct 08 18:21

The short story is that it’s being suggested that VMB_ware is promoting Microsoft’s DirectX at OpenGL’s expense, even inside Linux. The problems are obvious; just like with Mono, it’s about control and patents. It’s something to keep an eye on, for sure.

Microsoft is already attacking GNU/Linux using patents (even in the courtroom several times) and that’s a subject we’ll cover in the next post.

10.06.10

As Expected, Nokia and HP Betray Linux Under Microsoft-sympathetic New Leadership

Posted in GNU/Linux, HP, Microsoft, Vista 7, VMware at 1:45 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Greek military junta of 1967–1974
Greek military junta of 1967–1974

Summary: Microsoft may be organising a coup against Linux, especially inside some of its very top supporters, and evidence from the news concurs

“Nokia’s MeeGo device chief quits,” reports Engadget. This is the type of thing we have been expecting ever since a Microsoft president was made the CEO of Nokia, right after Nokia had become one of the top developers of Linux (the kernel) and told the press that its future crown jewel phones would run MeeGo. And now, just 2-3 weeks after Microsoft’s Elop comes to Nokia:

Nokia’s MeeGo device chief quits

[...]

In case you’re keeping track, Jaaksi’s departure follows the high-profile exits of Nokia’s former CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo (replaced by Stephen Elop) and the head of Nokia Mobile Solutions, Anssi Vanjoki. Notably, Nokia’s MeeGo team picked up Palm’s Peter Skillman as the head of MeeGo User Experience and Services during the same period.

Nokia can whitewash this all it wants, but in recent weeks we learned that Nokia had allegedly started playing with Vista Phone 7 [sic] and the commitment to MeeGo was weakened. Microsoft comes in as CEO, Linux comes out, eh? Sounds like potential entryism to us, unless the import from Microsoft only came after a strategic decision from ‘old Nokia’ (perhaps the board). Microsoft would not mind it so much if Nokia carried on with Symbian because Symbian development — unlike Linux development — does not help hundreds of Microsoft competitor at the same time. It is “the Linux phenomenon” — not Symbian — which Steve Ballmer called “threat number one” 9 years ago.

A key partner and co-developer of MeeGo, Intel, appears to be procrastinating as a result of all that news from Nokia. “Intel Says No MeeGo Handsets Until 2011,” reports a Forbes blogger and David Wood, known for his old role in Symbian, says “(sounds like Q2?)”. That’s a whole year from now. From the informal article:

MeeGo, the open-source mobile operating system that Intel and Nokia are jointly creating, recently took a hit with the departure of its Vice President of Devices, Ari Jaaksi. In the wake of that announcement, an Intel executive who oversees MeeGo development insists the project is on track, but concedes that MeeGo-powered smartphones–and tablets, for the most part–won’t debut until next year.

The news could disappoint gadget fans that have been anticipating the release of a portable MeeGo device since Intel and Nokia joined forces in February. It could also have implications for Nokia. Though the Finnish mobile technology giant is still the world’s largest handset maker, it is struggling to reinvent itself under a new Chief Executive and has been looking to MeeGo to rekindle interest in its high-end smartphones.

MeeGo is very important because of relative LSB compliance which Android, for example, does not have.

Having expressed some concerns after the “pee in the pants to get warm” remark from Nokia (about Android), Glyn Moody told me that “Eric [Schmidt] is not stupid: that just makes his poker hand stronger” when he contacts Nokia:

As MeeGo VP Quits, Nokia CEO Taking Calls From Eric Schmidt

News broke this morning that Nokia’s executive in charge of MeeGo devices, Ari Jaaksi, resigned last week. This continues a string of high-profile people leaving the world’s largest mobile phone company as it attempts to establish an identity in the quickly-evolving mobile space. The internal turmoil and the recent hiring of former Microsoft executive Stephen Elop to be Nokia’s new CEO has led to quite a bit of speculation that Nokia may turn away from its own operating systems and go with the new Windows Phone OS — or at least fork its products to have this OS as an option on top of the upcoming MeeGo. But don’t rule out Google’s Android OS just yet either.

We’ve heard from a good source that Google CEO Eric Schmidt has called Elop to discuss the possibility of Android running on Nokia phones. We actually heard this information about a week ago, but today’s news makes it potentially more interesting. Around the time Jaaksi was resigning, Elop and Schmidt were talking.

Why would a CEO who came from Microsoft embrace the same platform which Microsoft is zealously suing? This whole affair is somewhat depressing and worth keeping track of. We previous covered it in:

Nokia is not the only company which seems like a victim of Microsoft entryism. “HP-SAP merger talk considered far-fetched,” opines a writer from IDG, but the Microsoft boosters now report that HP “Windows 7 slates [come] ‘this Christmas,’ touch optimizations in 2011″ (as a reminder, HP sort of abandoned Vista 7 when it comes to slate, but then top appointments were made from SAP and Microsoft [1, 2]). Are we seeing Nokia and HP going through a phase similar to the one Yahoo! and VMB_ware went through (they became occupied by Microsoft executives who brought more Microsoft executives, over time)?

Never underestimate Microsoft’s willingness and ability to compete against Linux using dirty tactics like FUD, lawsuits, and entryism. HP and Intel (of MeeGo) were both distinctly named in Microsoft’s SEC filing as threats, specifically because they were promoting Linux. Gary Clow, a famous victim of Microsoft, once said that “[a] lot of people make that analogy that competing with Bill Gates is like playing hardball. I’d say it’s more like a knife fight.”

“Where are we on this Jihad?”

Bill Gates (about removing Linux support at Intel)

10.04.10

Entryism Watch: Yahoo! Keeps Being Abducted by Microsoft Executives, HP Cancels Android Projects After CEO Appointment From SAP

Posted in GNU/Linux, Google, HP, Microsoft, Novell, Search, SLES/SLED, VMware at 11:22 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Troy wall
Site of the Trojan War

Summary: The more Microsoft executives enter other companies, the less committed those companies become to projects that use GNU/Linux and the more receptive they become to other Microsoft veterans (friend brings a friend)

Entryism is much cheaper than buying an entire company (rather than taking over it from the inside). Entryism is usually a zero-cost means of converting a rival into an ally, with examples that in Microsoft’s case include Novell, Corel, Xandros, and XenSource. One of the most recent examples is VMB_Ware, which now wants to buy SUSE. VM_Bware is filled with former Microsoft executives at the top. Other ongoing cases of entryism appear to be Yahoo!, Nokia, and HP. These are the ones we deal with in this post.

Microsoft’s multi-year shakedown of Yahoo! has had Yahoo! hijacked by Microsoft from the inside. We documented this in many dozens of posts since 2008. What usually happens is that old Yahoo! managers leave or get expelled, only to be replaced by managers from Microsoft. It becomes like a Microsoft alumni reunion inside the newly-conquered company, whose old logo and name remain even though the agenda is different.

Many top managers are fleeing Yahoo!, still.

Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) is finally confirming the departure of a trio of top executives, including Americas head Hilary Schneider. In a just-filed statement with the SEC, Yahoo says Schneider will “be leaving after a transition period.” And, in a statement provided to us, the company says it expects to appoint Schneider’s successor by year-end.

Yahoo is also confirming that SVP of audience, mobile and local David Ko and Yahoo Media Head Jimmy Pitaro are both also leaving. The company isn’t saying why, but Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz says in a memo sent to staff (via AllThingsD’s Kara Swisher) that all three are leaving for “different reasons that suit their life.”

Here are the terms of Schneider’s departure from Yahoo! [via Joseph Tartakoff] and here is indication of more of this exodus (“Yahoo In Disarray: Schneider, Ko, Pitaro All Reportedly Leaving”). There is more coming later today, based on the now-AOL-owned TechCrunch. The third paragraph is quite revealing:

Yahoo is in shambles right now. You’ve likely already heard about the most recent SVP exits, which CEO Carol Bartz has tried to spin. Now we’ve heard another one is leaving as well — Jeff Kinder, the SVP of Media Products and Solutions. And you know what that means — time for a massive re-org at the top of Yahoo. Yes, again.

Based on what we’re hearing, this re-org will take place next Tuesday. Of course, us reporting on this means that it could possibly be moved (as has happened in the past with Yahoo deals), but as of right now that’s the plan.

Based on what we’re hearing Yahoo Chief Product Officer Blake Irving may be the big winner of this re-org, as he’s been seen as the rising star in the company. Word is that he’ll be bringing some of his old Microsoft chums in to join him in high-up positions at this new-look Yahoo.

So, according to this, the Microsoft VP who became Yahoo Chief Product Officer “may be the big winner of this re-org, as he’s been seen as the rising star in the company. Word is that he’ll be bringing some of his old Microsoft chums in to join him in high-up positions at this new-look Yahoo.”

Yahoo! is making it all quite stealthy. Joseph Tartakoff, who has been somewhat of a Microsoft watcher (especially in the past) and a Yahoo! watcher more recently, writes: “So, if this report of another Yahoo SVP leaving is true … umm … why didn’t Yahoo announce his departure with the others yesterday?”

He also says: “Like, if Yahoo announced it, then people would cover that. Instead, people are being forced to write all these analysis pieces.”

“It seems like Yahoo is just asking for yet ANOTHER story about how top people are leaving the company in droves”
      –Joseph Tartakoff
The rants go on as he argues: “It seems like Yahoo is just asking for yet ANOTHER story about how top people are leaving the company in droves”

“But instead it seems we’ll have another week of stories about all the troubles at Yahoo,” he adds.

Lastly, says Tartakoff, “Yahoo will continue to leave their external PR/messaging to bloggers instead of taking control of it themselves.”

Microsoft is having problems and suffering many notable departures too (cannot be good for orientation); the issue is that these departing executives help Microsoft occupy some of its direct competition, due in part to HR mistakes. The thing about these seniors is that they land inside other companies and in the case of the mobile, entertainment, and Office businesses, we already see the negative impact. Microsoft appears to be poisoning Nokia these days, as we covered in:

Chips B. Malroy alerts us that following the latest news about SAP inside HP [1, 2] there are signs that HP is indeed losing some of its Linux direction, just like Yahoo! and Nokia. “If the headline is true,” wrote Malroy in IRC, “this is what Roy has been saying.” The headline says “HP Officially Drops Plans For Android Phones and Tablets” and here is a portion from the article:

The decision isn’t surprising, particularly as HP already announced it had no plans to make a phone running Windows Phone 7. However, the company still plans to sell that slate that Steve Ballmer was waving around back at a CES in January. Albeit, only business customers will see that still-unnamed slate.

This — combined with the lawsuits from Microsoft (against Android) — may lead to all sorts of conclusions or at least speculations. There was a lot more discussed in IRC (some parts to appear tomorrow as it went on past midnight). To quote some portions, Malroy said that “it looks like HP is only doing one Windows tablet” and Ziomatrix replied by saying that “it’s only logical considering [that] if the new CEO proclaimed to not use acquired Palm assets for future projects that’s worth $1.2B, the BoD would have him thrown out faster then you can say sexual harassment.

“I as well as other analysts foresee the new CEO forging a deeper relationship between SAP and MS in enterprise packages while competing more fervently with the likes of Oracle…”
      –Ziomatrix
“HP as an OEM has plenty of room to continue to accommodate MS products in PCs and Enterprise. I as well as other analysts foresee the new CEO forging a deeper relationship between SAP and MS in enterprise packages while competing more fervently with the likes of Oracle, like this: http://tinyurl.com/2c8wudg Perhaps we’ll be surprised, don’t forget most of the folks who re-vitalized Palm came from Apple and they wanted to be as un-Apple as possible as far as software openness is concerned.”

“We are at the point where computer tech is changing at a faster rate and it becomes increasingly harder for Microsoft to hide both it’s failures and it’s decline,” Malroy remarked later on and Ziomatrix responded with the claim that “perhaps this is the start of HP wanting to assemble an executive dreamteam to pen a strategy that will take them on their own path with exclusively their own assets such as Pheonix or HP-UX 11i+. One can dream…”

10.03.10

SUSE is Getting More Restrictive and Virtualisation-centered Ahead of Expected Sale to VMB_ware

Posted in GNU/Linux, Marketing, Microsoft, Novell, OpenSUSE, Patents, Red Hat, Servers, SLES/SLED, VMware at 11:10 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Uroplatus fimbriatus
The lizard is being locked inside a box

Summary: Novell’s focus is increasingly on proprietary software and as far as SUSE goes, Novell only adds to it more of a Fog Computing aspect

Eric Savitz, a longtime booster of Microsoft, seems to be urging Novell to give in to the Microsoft executives who run VMB_ware and just sell SUSE to them. A couple of days ago he published “Something’s Got To Give” where he says: “Since March, the company has been considering strategic alternatives; the Street expects a resolution of the situation soon. The Wall Street Journal a few weeks ago reported that the company was talking to VMware (VMW), among others, about buying the company’s SuSE Linux business; but Reuters subsequently reported that private equity buyers were balking over the price the company was asking for the rest of its assets.”

“The sad thing about Novell is that before signing the software patents deal with Microsoft there was a good deal of commitment to Free software, with nice innovative projects like Compiz.”Novell keeps losing value as more major contracts are being lost and the stock declined quite a bit in recent days (see financial news about Novell in [1, 2, 3, 4]).

The sad thing about Novell is that before signing the software patents deal with Microsoft there was a good deal of commitment to Free software, with nice innovative projects like Compiz. These days Novell seems to be focusing on virtualisation for Fog Computing, with examples in the press such as this new article about “Intelligent Workload Management” (proprietary).

This is a guest post by Mark Oldroyd, a senior technology identity and security specialist with Novell.

Here is another new press release which is about ZENworks and obviously just proprietary software:

GroupLink Corporation, makers of the first and only ZENWorks 10 integrated service desk, the everything HelpDesk (eHD), announces its commitment to further integration with ZENworks 11.

Novell is even turning its SUSE component into a Fog Computing thing, according to this new press release which generated coverage in [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9]. In short, SUSE is being refocused by Novell so as to take further control away from users. How on Earth is that a step forward? Some of Novell’s pro-software freedom people have quit the company and it shows.

According to this guest commentary from The H, “Open Core is over” (‘open’ core is an “open source” marketing gown for proprietary software). Here is the part about Novell:

“Open core” always used to be the problem with SUSE (proprietary Yast) and, since the take-over by Novell, the company’s proprietary components have been called eDirectory or Groupwise. Red Hat with its “perceived” 99% of open source components has been considerably more successful. As correctly pointed out in the article, people quickly realise that “open core” doesn’t actually represent an advantage, and our company also encountered the described “dialectic problems” before we made the decision to release our software as 100% open source code.

The SUSE Studio blog writes about One-click WebYaST. Is that too being ‘foggified’?

Anyway, in other news there is this deceiving new headline from South Africa. What it says is not news at all as Novell announced this months ago. It’s an attempt to grab Solaris users and put them on Microsoft/Novell Ballnux instead (paying Microsoft and Novell for a patents-encumbered distribution). SAP too loves Ballnux and here is one more article about Novell’s renewed vows with SAP (a lot about it was published last week):

There was a little blurb on internet.com a couple of days ago mentioning that Novell would be optimizing the SUSE Linux OS for SAP applications.

[...]

This feels right considering that Elliott Associates, a Waltham, Mass-based Hedge Fund, made an offer to buy Novell back in March. The offer was rejected. An optimized Linux enterprise server for SAP applications will benefit the new SUSE Linux owner, whoever that may be. I will be sad to see an independent Novell go the way of so many other enterprise software vendors… how Darwinian eh?

The proprietary software giants just love Ballnux because it gives them that warm fuzzy feeling that even “open source” is living under the rules of proprietary software legacy, including software patent monopolies.

Novell’s “governance suite” (more proprietary software) is covered here in the South African press and Amazon — another proprietary software giant which pays Microsoft for GNU/Linux since many Microsoft executives were appointed to its management — finds a place for Ballnux at sight of the aforementioned announcement from Novell.

Watch the latest publicity stunt which Novell uses to promote Ballnux, in line with the announcement above:

Novell today announced the judging panel for the First Annual aEURoeDisteraEUR Awards, a SUSE Studio contest celebrating innovators and inventors of Linux-based software appliances. Industry luminaries from Computerworld, eWeek, the Linux Foundation, openSUSE and Novell, will select and award each winner in the categories of aEURoeCommunity UseaEUR and aEURoeCommercial UseaEUR a $10,000 grand prize. In addition, due to unprecedented interest in the competition, Novell has extended the submission deadline to Nov. 1, 2010.

This says that it’s about the “Annual aEURoeDisteraEUR Awards Celebrating Linux Innovators”, but only Ballnux is mentioned there, not GNU/Linux. Shameful marketing from Novell? Here is Novell’s head of marketing (John Dragoon) saying in the PR blog that “Silence is not Goal(den)”. Well, maybe it’s time for Novell not to keep silent about its shameless attempts to stomp on competing distributions that give Novell code (primarily Red Hat, which is still the only other option in many cases). Dragoon writes:

Keeping your goals to yourself can apparently help you train for marathons and shrink dress sizes. It will not help you achieve your goals as a department or a company.

Well, Novell will soon be sold to one company or another. Dragoon and Hovsepian are almost the only top chiefs that seem to have stuck with the company to this point. They don't know a darn thing about software freedom; they never knew nor cared, otherwise they would have written on the subject. So here we have Novell going back to its proprietary software days. SUSE too may soon be sold to a proprietary software powerhouse.

09.30.10

Novell Crash Disrupts Campus and British Department for Health Dumps Novell

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Novell, Patents, Red Hat, Servers, SLES/SLED, Virtualisation, VMware at 6:23 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Surgical instruments

Summary: The National Health Service (NHS) is cutting down its contract with Novell; there is more cluelessness among Novellers who have no clear strategy

NOVELL’S imminent sale (of the company) is said to be interfering with Novell sales and a major crash being reported in the news cannot help, either.

Yang, a Novell computer server, crashed at 10:45 a.m. Sept. 21, causing setbacks in departments across campus, including The Tech Talk and athletics.

Novell has just suffered a major blow in the UK as the NHS dumps Novell (as a ‘blanket’ type agreement):

The Department for Health has confirmed the £6m Enterprise Wide Agreement with Novell, due to expire next month, will not be renewed. Local trusts will be responsible for ensuring compliance.

Coming only months after Microsoft’s £80m EWA was brought to an end by the Department for Health (DfH), the deal with Novell, which included ID management, discovery tools and maintenance looked unlikely to get the go-ahead, but some have still branded the government’s decision as short-sighted.

As stated in the previous post, the Microsoft-stuffed VMB_ware is expected to seize control of SUSE, which the the Microsoft-stuffed Amazon is also promoting at the expense of Red Hat (that it pays Microsoft for). From The Register we learn that:

Novell might not be sure about what it wants to do with itself, but the company has been pretty clear what it wants you to do with its products. It wants to build virtual software appliances with all kinds of software stacks running inside of virtual machines and atop its SUSE Linux Enterprise distro.

For Novell, the direction/vocation at the moment seems to be very proprietary. In fact, the proprietary software which we wrote about some days ago appears to be the only formal news from Novell (at least from this past week):

Novell on September 23 announced a new version of Novell Access Governance Suite, a set of software products that simplifies how customers govern user access to corporate resources and manage regulatory compliance.

We found only one ‘article’ (not original) based on the press release about Novell Access Governance:

Helping companies to control user access to corporate resources and manage regulatory compliance, Novell has unveiled a new version of Novell (News – Alert) Access Governance Suite.

This is one of those products which Novell knows not what to do with. What company would conceivably be interested in this asset now that Novell wants to sell its entire portfolio?

Novell Vice President Becomes VMB_ware Channel Director Amid Acquisition Plans, IDG Propaganda Begins

Posted in Marketing, Novell, Virtualisation, VMware at 5:42 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Palacio de Lopez

Summary: The Microsoft-stuffed VMware picks a Novell manager to be its channel director; Novell buys some virtualisation propaganda from IDG; other Novell staff on the move is being tracked

MOVEMENT of staff is sometimes indicative of things to come, which is why staff migration from Novell to VMB_ware should be seen as significant. According to this new report from IDG, Novell’s Donovan is “crowned VMware channel director”:

VMware has appointed John Donovan as its new director for partner organisations across A/NZ.

Donovan will take the reins as of November 1 and will continue his position at Novell as its Asia-Pacific vice-president of alliance and channel sales until then.

Here is another IDG article which names Novell as competition of VMB_ware:

VMware, Microsoft and Citrix, the most widely used virtualization vendors, are all touting their ability to automate management of virtual resources and build cloud networks. But they have competition from Red Hat, Novell and others.

Another new article asks, “Should VMware add Novell’s virtualization management tools?”

VMware’s customers say that the server virtualization vendor still lags third-party specialists in virtualization management. And though uncertainty about the rumored Novell merger continues to reign, some parts of Novell’s management portfolio could bolster VMware’s.

Initial reports on Novell’s ongoing liquidation sale held that the process would happen in two phases: one deal with a “strategic buyer”– reportedly VMware Inc. — for the SUSE Linux OS business, with the rest, including its NetWare and IT management software product lines, going to another buyer. Now, Reuters reports that talks have stalled and quotes a source describing Novell’s management tools as “a dying cow.” But at least in some corners, Novell’s virtualization management tools are the most intriguing part of the acquisition rumors.

It is still being said by the financial Web sites that VMB_ware is likely to buy at least part of Novell (the stock is affected accordingly). Well, Novell has just bought some PlateSpin whitepapers (propaganda) [1, 2] from IDG/IDC, which means that IDC shows what the client wants shown and then IDG pushes this into ‘news’ channels/circulation. Here in Novell’s PR blog IDC was even writing blog posts last week. How corruptible.

Guest Post by Brett Waldman, Analyst, IDC

It will be interesting to see if other Novell staff moves to the Microsoft-stuffed VMB_ware (or vice versa). In the mean time, all that we see this week are the following movements:

- On Mark Cuban and Novell:

When I started there were no local area networks. There was a company you might remember called Novell that was called Novell Shared Data Systems back then and we were like the third or fourth reseller nationally. So we took the initiative.

- GemLogic, which was acquired by SilverStream/Novell, has its co-founder become Vice President of Marketing at VoltDB:

Prior to OSA, Holahan was co-founder of LexiBridge Corporation (acquired by Level3 Communications), GemLogic, Inc. (acquired by SilverStream/Novell) and Active Endpoints, Inc. He also held leadership roles at Progress Software and Interactive Data.

- Eric Schmidt’s role as CEO at Novell is mentioned in some news sites, including IDG where Dave Kearns writes:

And to show that not much as changed in 10 years, I added “Even more indicative, though, were comments made by Novell executives including CEO Eric Schmidt that eDirectory was now the core of Novell’s business.

More here:

In 1997, he left Sun to become the CEO of Novell, then, a premiere networking company in the business world.

- The new CEO of Apperian comes with the burden of Novell roots:

There’s some interesting personnel news today in the world of mobile software apps for companies. Boston-based Apperian, a mobile development and platform startup, says it has appointed a new CEO as of last week. He is David Patrick, a veteran of Lotus, Sun, Novell, and a number of cutting-edge tech startups on both coasts. He succeeds founder Chuck Goldman, a former Apple executive who is staying on as chief strategy officer and will continue to run the company’s services, sales, and business development.

Novell is a shrinking company, so migration of its top staff continues to matter. The same goes for Microsoft.

09.28.10

Novell Sales Are Hurt by VM_Bware Plan to Acquire SUSE

Posted in Novell, SLES/SLED, VMware at 2:42 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Gas pump

Summary: Sales of products from Novell/SUSE are depressed by expectations of a takeover

NOVELL was recently seen slamming Oracle Linux. Oracle just wants a lot of control, which is why OpenOffice.org gets forked for example.

Left out from Novell’s blog post, however, was a statement about Novell’s relatively low share in the GNU/Linux market. As The VAR Guy put it in his post “Memo From Novell to Oracle: No Oracle Linux Needed”:

Applebaum certainly has a point: When it comes to business-centric Linux, Red Hat and Novell seem to dominate the market. But Applebaum doesn’t take the time to disclose individual market share numbers for Red Hat and Novell. Hmmm…

While Red Hat continues to grow organically, some Novell customers are delaying purchases because of Novell’s unclear ownership status. Novell’s board reportedly has been trying to sell the company off — perhaps in two parts — but the potential deals apparently hit a snag amid unclear valuations for Novell’s legacy businesses.

It may seem amusing that Novell was trying to limit choice, but either way, the interesting part to be taken from the above is that “some Novell customers are delaying purchases because of Novell’s unclear ownership status.” That’s just to be expected. In the next post we are going to address this subject. Novell was down 7% after acquisition worries/hesitation.

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