07.23.07

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Alfresco: Novell/Microsoft Deal Drives Customers Away to Red Hat, Not Novell

Posted in Deals, Linspire, Microsoft, Novell, Red Hat, Servers at 7:24 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Since Novell likes to boast so-called advantages that come out of its deal, this new finding is worth quoting.

What is the impact on Linux distribution usage of the Novell patent deal with Microsoft? According to open source enterprise content management (ECM) vendor Alfresco, it’s driving users to Red Hat.

Alfresco asked 15,000 people between April and June about the way they deploy Alfresco’s ECM solution. According to the Alfresco survey, Red Hat users tripled during the study period while Novell SUSE usage remained flat. In a statement, Ian Howells, chief marketing officer at Alfresco, alleged that the divergence between Red Hat and Novell in terms of usage is related to the November deal between Novell and Microsoft.

Well done, Novell. The customers truly appreciate ‘protection’.

This ought to teach other Linux distributors that while Microsoft vouchers might not expire, their company might be the one to expire. Linspire is an excellent example of that. These deals are not a blessing. They are a death knell which is being accepted for money. But what good is a chest of gold to a dead man?

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8 Comments

  1. Death Knell said,

    July 23, 2007 at 12:19 pm

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    A death knell! Chest of gold! I love poetry with my FUD! Thanks Shitzforwitz!

  2. Mike Oly said,

    July 23, 2007 at 12:36 pm

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    Follow the money, yes. We need to ask ourselves who is “Roy Schestowitz” or whatever and who pays “him” to flood the internet with FUD and spam on a 24/7 basis? If this is another F$F campaign then it’s not very clever, but we’ve come to expect less and less from them. RedHat? Canonical? How many people are involved and how much money has changed hands?

    Those are the questions that must be asked.

  3. Anonymous said,

    July 23, 2007 at 1:00 pm

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    What now? “Remained flat” or “drove them away”?

    Quote: “but we don’t actually know the specific reason”

  4. Skeptic said,

    July 23, 2007 at 2:08 pm

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    Dear Boycottnovell.com,

    Please consider some kind of troll filter. I have always thought PJ has done a good job at Groklaw. There are some obvious things that could be put into a script. Moreover, if you do not believe in deleting comments, you could at least have trollish comments moved into a “POSSIBLE-TROLL” directory that would require a click to access.

    Thank you for your hard work!

  5. Paul W said,

    July 23, 2007 at 2:35 pm

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    Keep up the good work guys. I agree with Skeptic’s comments. You are really getting the other side’s attention and they want you to stop.

  6. shane coyle said,

    July 23, 2007 at 4:12 pm

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    I abhor censorship, more so than childishness. It really seems that Roy did hit a nerve with someone lately, trolling is up 700% or so.

    But, since this question comes up from time to time – Roy has always declined to "monetize" his contributions here at BN, he makes no money from the adsense on the site, it is all me.

    Perhaps we can look for a wordpress plugin that allows for comment moderation by the community rather than outright deletion…

  7. gpl1 said,

    July 23, 2007 at 6:51 pm

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    Yes moderation sounds like a good idea, and they should hide the troll posts under a threshold that you have to click on after a certain point (a la OSNews’ moderation).

    Skeptic triggered a though; perhaps the recent traffic spike could be related to MS/MS business partners’ employees and Waggener Edstrom, or perhaps other companies’ PR firms.

  8. Roy Schestowitz said,

    July 23, 2007 at 7:02 pm

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    Yes moderation sounds like a good idea, and they should hide the troll posts under a threshold that you have to click on after a certain point (a la OSNews’ moderation).

    I’ll look into it if it does not stop.

    Skeptic triggered a though; perhaps the recent traffic spike could be related to MS/MS business partners’ employees and Waggener Edstrom, or perhaps other companies’ PR firms.

    There is still a high level of traffic after the spike, but I don’t understand why. Referrals from other sites say too little.

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