08.22.08

IRC: #boycottnovell @ FreeNode: August 21st, 2008 – Part I

Posted in IRC Logs at 10:19 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Novell Pressured Journalists to Prevent Negative Coverage of Novell/Microsoft News

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Novell at 9:58 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

BSoD for Novell

Criticism was obstructed just shortly before this abomination made the news. Novell perhaps learned from the previous situation which had developed back in November 2006, so this time it took control of the ‘malicious’ ‘rioters’, just like a totalitarian regime which jails people for protesting. It gives an illusion of consent.

Novell could not let the truth be told. Yesterday, Aaron Seigo said that Novell had "spammed" him. Just over a year ago, we warned that news about the Microsoft/Novell arrangement is almost bought. It is a much broader issue though, not a Novell-specific one.

We now have the proof we need (it’s in the mailbox). Shame on you, Novell!

You try to manipulate the news, just like Microsoft, so you deserve to be treated like Microsoft.

“Working behind the scenes to orchestrate “independent” praise of our technology, and damnation of the enemy’s, is a key evangelism function during the Slog. “Independent” analyst’s report should be issued, praising your technology and damning the competitors (or ignoring them). “Independent” consultants should write columns and articles, give conference presentations and moderate stacked panels, all on our behalf (and setting them up as experts in the new technology, available for just $200/hour). “Independent” academic sources should be cultivated and quoted (and research money granted). “Independent” courseware providers should start profiting from their early involvement in our technology. Every possible source of leverage should be sought and turned to our advantage.”

Microsoft, internal document [PDF]

Novell As a GNU/Linux Control Freak

Posted in GPL, Microsoft, Novell, OpenSUSE, SLES/SLED, Virtualisation at 9:42 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

That who forbids/limits access to the code…

Novell wants to obtain and maintain exclusive rights over GNU/Linux, along with all those trade secrets and special 'privileges'. It goes rather far to protect them.

Benjamin Weber, an OpenSUSE guy, defends SUSE’s spin on the GPL in this post, which was mentioned yesterday. There are some new and serious issues arising when it comes to Novell’s perception and handling of Free software.

Not to mention that your subscription might expire, and you might still want the sources for the packages you received as updates. But you have not downloaded them at the time. You want them 3 years later, as guaranteed by the GPL. Well, YOU CAN’T GET THEM 3 YEARS LATER, BECAUSE YOU’RE NOT ANYMORE A NOVELL CUSTOMER 3 YEARS LATER!

What’s even more amazing is that a Novell PR blog is already looking for free labour (beta testers for Novell’s commercialised SUSE). Will they get access to their own work?

Speaking of obsession with control, watch this one:

Five Ways Novell Should Spend Microsoft’s Money

[...]

3. Pump Money Into “Designed for SUSE” Or Similar Branding: Novell’s old “Yes” logo program from the 1990s assured customers that specific hardware and software worked with Novell NetWare. Time for Novell to bring back similar branding and promote partners that offer SUSE-compatible products.

Novell would love to see 'Microsoft SUSE' becoming the new-and-improved™ GNU/Linux. But SUSE isn’t suitable to be treated in isolation like Ubuntu increasingly is. That would be a sham.

Ron Hovsepian and Steve Ballmer

Non-compete, By Association

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Novell, OSI at 9:19 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Novell suppresses skepticism and criticism of Microsoft inside the Free software world

We touched on this subject before in relation to the Linux Foundation. The short story is that Novell and Microsoft are partners and since Novell is behind the Linux Foundation, the Linux Foundation must at least pretend that it’s a friend of Microsoft — the very same company which thinks of Linux as a “cancer” and number-one competitor. In a sense, Novell and Microsoft ceased to compete. Novell is promoting Windows Vista [1, 2] and its on-line shop requires that visitors use Microsoft Internet Explorer.

For face value, Novell must insist that it still competes with Microsoft (see the article below). But… we’re not seeing it. Novell is always thankful to Microsoft for screwing companies like Mandriva and Red Hat. Microsoft, on the other hand, continues to loathe GNU/Linux as it attempts to replace that layer of the stack and probably attacks it, usually by proxy.

Novell, Re: Microsoft: ‘We Still Compete’

[...]

There’s also little question in my mind that Microsoft will not stop seeing Linux as a competitor, either.

Critics have already pointed out that the duality in Novell/Microsoft is stronger than the rivalry. For others who participate in development of Free software, this leads to a conflict of interest and a dilemma. Just watch what Aaron Seigo wrote yesterday. Because of Novell, the Linux Foundation too must be nice to Microsoft. Interviews with Jim Zemlin (past and present) reflect on that. Here is a new example

Linux Foundation member Novell (NASDAQ: NOVL) is pleased with the way things are going as well and in the leadership that Zemlin provides.

“We’re very satisfied with the Linux Foundation,” Justin Steinman, director of product marketing for Novell’s open-platform group, told InternetNews.com. “They serve a great purpose in bringing together the community, commercial Linux companies and end users, and they represent the interests of each group very well. We have a very close relationship with Jim, and we’re very pleased with the direction he’s taken the Linux Foundation.”

The relationship between Novell and the Linux Foundation is a fascinating yet rather disturbing thing [1, 2, 3]. IBM's and Intel's involvement there can’t be of much help, either.

At the end of the day, all these “non-compete”/’frienemies’ agreements are hurtful. They hurt he customer. [via Andy Updegrove of the Linux Foundation]

Non-compete clauses may have been the deciding factor in the Route 128 technology sector falling behind Silicon Valley in the 1970s and 1980s, according to a study performed at the University of Toronto.

The Rotman School of Management study found that laws enforcing non-compete clauses initially gave the Route 128-area companies the protection they needed to create new inventions in a young tech industry. As the industry grew, the non-compete clauses stifled growth by limiting labor mobility, according to the study.

Yesterday, the OSI’s chief, Michael Tiemann, came to realise that Novell and Microsoft are building a shared monopoly. It’s not good for anyone. So what are they going to do about it?

Michael Tiemann

Say No To Software Patents in India

Posted in Asia, Law, Patents at 3:56 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

No to software patents

On 23rd August, 2008, a group of Bangaloreans is to gather outside Town Hall to protest software Patents under the aegis of Free Software Users Group, Bangalore at 5.30 PM.

This protest comes in the wake of attempts by the Indian Patent Office to push software patents, despite the same having been rejected categorically by the Parliament of India in March, 2005. At that time a particular lobby had tried pushing Patents for Software through a Presidential Ordinance. This having fallen through, software patents are now being pushed through the back door in the form of a manual ostensibly to help people file patents.

“The manual is trying to permit something that is explicitly forbidden by the Indian Patent Act, 2005.”While the draft in circulation glosses over the fact that software is not patentable in law, it instructs people that software patents can be filed in combination with hardware. The manual is trying to permit something that is explicitly forbidden by the Indian Patent Act, 2005. Further, it is amusing the way the manual tries to get around the legal obstacle posed by the Patents Act, by positing a category of “software in combination with hardware” . It leads one to wonder whether software can exist independent of hardware

In this regard, former Supreme Court Judge, Justice V. R. Krishna Iyer has commented that “neither the controller nor the central government has authority or sanction of law to publish a manual of the kind put on the website”.

The Free Software Users Group also would like to point out that software is a form of knowledge and software patents would amount to propertisation of knowledge and would be detrimental to the pace at which software is growing. Software patents further kill innovation and competition and turn software publishing into the privilege of a few. As software today pervades all walks of life, any dent in the pace of its growth would have a cascading effect on the economy in general.

The Free Software Users Group also would like to point out to the lobby that is trying to push for software patents through the back door that;

  • Software is already protected under copyright law, and no additional protection either to individuals or industries is required
  • Hardware innovations are already patentable under the regular innovations; therefore all innovators are already covered
  • The current ICT revolution happened with science and technology under public domain and it is important for the growth of software that this remains so.

For Free Software users Group Bangalore

  1. Anivar Aravind +92 9449009908 /080 23435606
  2. Praveen A +91 9986348565
  3. Renuka Prasad +91 9901945674
  4. Vikram vincent +91 9448810822

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