Neelie Kroes Dismisses Novell-type Intraoperability with Microsoft

Posted in Antitrust, Europe, Interoperability, Microsoft, Novell, Patents at 4:01 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Neelie Kroes

“Where interoperability information is protected as a trade secret, there may be a lot of truth in the saying that the information is valuable because it is secret, rather than being secret because it is valuable… we should only standardize when there are demonstrable benefits, and we should not rush to standardize on a particular technology too early… I fail to see the interest of customers in including proprietary technology in standards when there are no clear and demonstrable benefits over non-proprietary alternatives.”

Neelie Kroes

It has been no secret that Novell became an ally in Microsoft's fight against open protocols and open formats. For selfish reasons, Novell chose to become a sidekick in Microsoft’s monopoly and rely on nothing more than Microsoft's promises. Interoperability is just a hoax and a weasel word. It’s about bringing revenue to Microsoft.

Lots of very interesting points were raised throughout Neelie Kroes’ latest speech, including some of the accompanying remarks from Groklaw. Mind the following important correction:

Why is she lauding software patents when Europe doesn’t for the most part recognize them? And in software, there is no “emerge from markets” because Microsoft owns the market, and not necessarily because it’s the best choice or even *a* choice. Just try to buy a computer without Windows.

At the end of the day, it’s the bits quoted at the top that are probably most telling. Segregation with trade secrets, Novell/Microsoft-style, is not the way to go.

Novell’s ‘Linux’ is Not Free Software (Corrected)

Posted in GNU/Linux, Linspire, Microsoft, Novell, SLES/SLED at 3:39 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

[Correction (14/06/2008): technically speaking, SUSE complies with the GPL, but this issue is further debated below.]

Back in November, we warned that neither Freespire nor SLES|D are Free software. ‘Beranger’ has just decided to take a look at (his chances of studying) the source code of SUSE. No luck. Here is what he says.

Novell is making me sick too. I happen to run on a discussion about Why is there no Open Source SLES?, just to notice that indeed, you can’t have the SRPMS for SLES/SLED in free access!

The SRPMS from ftp://forgeftp.novell.com/sledsource/ are “frozen” (as of release), so pretty useless.

The page at you.novell.com/update/…/SUSE-SLES/10/rpm/src/ requires to a valid account (paying, that is).

And indeed, the page Source Code of the Patches for Maintained Products says that “You must have a registered SUSE product with upgrade protection in order to access the patch source code downloads.” So the sources are only available for paying customers!

Welcome to Novell. It’s the place where “the community ” means “paying customers”.

SUSE in Green

The Choice Between Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Linux

Posted in Dell, GNU/Linux, IBM, Microsoft, Novell, Patents, SLES/SLED, Ubuntu at 3:30 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Choose GNU/Linux or Windows, but Microsoft gets your money either way

This situation has been discussed in the IRC channel for days and also mentioned in this Web site’s comments. For those who do not know, Lenovo ceased to deliver PCs with FreeDOS and specified no reason for this move. So essentially, no matter what PC you now buy from Lenovo, Microsoft will be paid. Microsoft is in some sense creating a Linux-Windows monopoly using Novell’s SUSE.

Here is one relevant post on this subject. It comes from an external source (the rest you can find in IRC logs).

yesterday, this was an option when choose an operating system when configuring a t61p. it took off almost $40 if you chose this over vista or xp. i was very happy because i was probably going to purchase one later this week with the dos license, but now there is no option for the thinkpad dos license anymore

i thought it might of been just the cpp site, but it’s the main site also. i’m about to cry.

In light of the recent developments that are discussed more heavily (Ubuntu paying Microsoft for codecs), this ought to serve as an in-advance warning. Regarding Netbook Remix, this one from Intel is worth staying away from in favour of similar Linux gadgets. And it’s not just because Intel is a convicted monopolist in several continents; it’s because it sets a dangerous precedence for Free software and has some memories from Dell return to haunt.

IRC: #boycottnovell @ FreeNode: June 10th, 2008

Posted in IRC Logs at 3:13 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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