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Novell People Still Incite Against Techrights Rather Than Focus on Their Products

Posted in Novell, OpenSUSE at 11:15 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: A look at the inactivity at Novell and a quick mention (without examples) of smears from SUSE/Novell/Attachmate

THERE is a flood of ‘new’ Novell videos (over 40 of them in two or three days) from some account called NDMSolutions, but apart from those old videos (re-uploaded) there is radio silence from Novell. The only thing on their lips right now is the release of a new version of OpenSUSE. Some of them are insulting yours truly and trying to incite journalists against Techrights (there are many examples, none will be linked here though for obvious reasons). They try to silence us, as usual. Some of them retaliate against people who cite us. We noticed this funny new bit in Weekly News:

The rights for the compilation itself are copyright by Sascha Manns.

Hilarious. So one just takes bits of news and tries to claim a monopoly on no original content. In other news (packaging for OpenSUSE):

The Unknown Horizons development team has announced the release of Unknown Horizons 2011.3. Since I have full maintainership on this project and I don’t depend on no one to make this release, openSUSE is the first one to provide Unknown Horizons 2011.3. Debian should be the second next monday.

Not many people are even using OpenSUSE at this point. It might make more sense to just target Debian first. Oiaohm, who prefers Debian, wrote a couple of hours ago: “Really you have not done a positive story on anything suse has done. Maybe about the build system they designed that is nice… Just to confuse them a little.”

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  1. Michael said,

    November 14, 2011 at 3:06 pm


    Some of them are insulting yours truly and trying to incite journalists against Techrights (there are many examples, none will be linked here though for obvious reasons).

    Yes, the reasons are obvious – you run from any criticism. You cannot handle it because you know you have no basis for most of your claims. You make things up and spew insults and accusations you cannot support.


    They try to silence us, as usual.

    No, they are not. They are disagreeing with you. They are not doing a thing to stop people from reading your site. Nothing.

  2. jmmarton said,

    November 16, 2011 at 8:35 am


    Not many people are using openSUSE? How did you arrive at this conclusion? Do you have independent studies you can cite?

    Also, not sure what you mean by “radio silence from Novell.” Novell made a ton of announcements at BrainShare which only ended a month ago. I wouldn’t expect to see many new product announcements so soon after BrainShare. So, is it radio silence, or just normal actions? The logical conclusion is normal actions.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    I have watched Novell and SUSE for many years. They get more obscure all the time. The news volume supports my assertions.

    jmmarton Reply:

    There is nothing obscure about what has happened with Novell over the past 30 days. If anything, Novell has been active on uploading videos to YouTube so that people who weren’t at Brainshare can still see everything that was demoed, announced, etc at Brainshare.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    I was not talking about a timespan of 30 days.

    jmmarton Reply:

    Ok, if you’re talking about a timespan of more than 30 days, then your post is definitely inaccurate. There has been a ton of information coming from Novell throughout the year this year announcing new products, product roadmaps, Attachmate’s plans with Novell, etc. Definitely no radio silence at all–unless you’re simply turning your radio off to avoid hearing the message.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    You have adjusted your time span to encompass Novell’s annual event and OpenSUSE’s almost annual release (8 months apart). That’s subjective. Look at one year.

    jmmarton Reply:

    You can’t look at the past year, as there were a number of SEC rules which prevented statements from being made while the acquisition was in progress. But as soon as the acquisition completed, news started flowing out of Novell. Attachmate made it very clear, very quickly, just how important the Novell BU is to them.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Quite the contrary as I have shown in detail in past posts.

    jmmarton Reply:

    I guess you don’t keep up with the number of blogs and other Novell articles, then.

  3. jmmarton said,

    November 16, 2011 at 2:19 pm


    So… nothing coming from Novell or Attachmate?

    Attachmate reaffirms commitment to GroupWise.

    Interview with Jeff Hawn, CEO of the Attachmate Group, where he speaks on the importance of Novell & GroupWise.

    Interview with Bob Flynn, President of the Novell Business Unit

    Novell announces return to Utah HQ

    Novell announces new GrouWise 2012 features

    Novell Messenger iOS client to be released mid next year

    Right, Novell has had radio silence ever since the Attachmate acquisition completed.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    The above is not much compared to the volume preceding that on a similar time scale. Trust me, I have done this for 7 years or so.

    jmmarton Reply:

    Um, the above is just the tip of the iceberg. There have been other stories, blogs, webinars, etc. Plus there have been all sorts of YouTube vidoes as Novell takes advantages of new ways to communicate with customers.

    Plus, if you look a the timeframe from November or so of last year until April of this year, not much could be said during that time because of the Attachmate acquisition. This is a fact. SEC rules.

    Beyond that, I’ve been following Novell for 15 years, and I can say that the amount of information coming from them over the past six months or so if anything is an increase over what Novell has done over the past few years under former management.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    The volume of news about Novell (or Novell under Attachment) declined considerably over time. As a non-scientific measure also consider


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