Novell’s Steinman Contradicts Novell Filing, Which “Looks Like a Scandal”

Posted in FSF, FUD, GNU/Linux, GPL, Microsoft, Novell at 10:38 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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… contradictions at Novell show no signs of abatement. Here’s the most recent catch :

Steinman answered that: “Right now, the GPLv3 is still in discussion. The latest draft of GPLv3 is in discussion. According to the latest version that was published on, I think, March 28, under that version, Novell will be able to ship Linux under a GPLv3. Period. There’s nothing in the current draft of GPLv3 that prevents Novell from shipping Linux. What about forking? There’s no need to …


Steinman on the Balcony Again, Offering Red Hat FUD

Posted in FUD, GNU/Linux, Marketing, Novell, Red Hat, Servers at 10:08 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

… from an official spokesman.

If you can’t beat them, ridicule them…

I opine that Mr. Steinman keeps making the same mistake over and over again. Yet again he discredits Red Hat in an article which — on the face of it — lacks balance. Here is one among several ‘cheap shots’.

“They’re doing [Red Hat] something we’ve already done and they’re doing it slightly differently,” Justin Steinman, Novell’s director of product marketing for Linux, told …


Justin Steinman Addresses Some of Boycott Novell’s Questions

Posted in Intellectual Monopoly, Interoperability, Interview, Microsoft, Novell, SLES/SLED at 6:53 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

First of all, I thought it would only be fair to point out that Justin Steinman has corrected Matt Asay. He was being slammed for what he argued was misinterpretation by journalists.

In a new interview with ITWire, Steinman answers some questions which our Web site raised in the past.

Ok, back to questions from me. People like the ‘Boycott Novell’ site say things like: “Microvell, give us the details. Until Novell makes the details of their patent …


Steinman’s Mea Culpa

Posted in FSF, Interview, Marketing, Novell at 4:18 pm by Shane Coyle

Novell’s PR Blog has a guest entry from Justin Steinman, in which he explains that he was indeed in error when he made those disputed statements regarding Novell’s financial support of the Free Software Foundation :

Further research inside Novell confirms that Peter Brown is correct and I spoke in error. I want to make it clear that I had no intention of making false claims or providing misinformation to the market. I simply said what …


FSF Corrects Justin Steinman

Posted in Action, Boycott Novell, Deals, Deception, FSF, FUD, Novell, Patent Covenant at 7:36 pm by Shane Coyle

Recently, we noted that Novell’s Justin Steinman had asserted that their Microsoft agreement is backed by 80-85% of the open source community.

During that interview, Steinman also made statements regarding Novell’s "significant" financial support of the Free Software Foundation and their intention to work with the drafters of the next version, "helping develop a version of the GPL that enables that (Microsoft) …


Steinman: Ballmer’s PASS Statements Taken Out of Context

Posted in Deception, FUD, Intellectual Monopoly, Marketing, Microsoft, Novell, Ron Hovsepian, Steve Ballmer at 1:53 am by Shane Coyle

… Microsoft’s Linux Division, and is actively involved in their PR and FUD campaigns.

Justin Steinman, of Novell, now is performing damage control, working to minimize Steve Ballmer’s incendiary comments and says they were taken "out of context", something Ron Hovsepian, CEO of Novell, recently implied as well.

In an article that parrots the results of the spurious, co-sponsored survey, I found this gem, where Justin Steinman is apologizing and spinning Steve …


Interview- Justin Steinman of Novell

Posted in Deals, Intellectual Monopoly, Patent Covenant at 2:05 am by Shane Coyle

Here is an interview on linuxinterviews.com with Justin Steinman , Director of Marketing for Linux & Open Platform Solutions for Novell.

From the Interview:

LinuxInterviews.com: Microsoft will not attack open-source developers as long as they are not connected with commercial software. However, this agreement does not cover other Linux vendors. Do you think Microsoft will exercise it’s rights may there be the case? …


When Novell Staff Gets Hired by Microsoft

Posted in Microsoft, Novell at 2:20 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

… along this trajectory is Charlotte Betterley from Novell’s PR team, unlike for example Justin Steinman who moved to GE (we imagined Microsoft would leave a door open for him). It takes too much time to check such things (it is not possible to search by complex job history criteria), but we are sure that other staff from Novell moved to Microsoft. This is just one example we came across by accident. █

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