Novell News Summary – Part III: SCO, SAP, GroupWise Abandonment in LA

Posted in Google, Identity Management, Mail, Microsoft, NetWare, Novell, SCO, UNIX, Virtualisation, Xen at 11:33 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Arches at National Park

Summary: A mixture of Novell news from the past week

MORE articles than usual have mentioned Novell in the past week, so here is a quick rundown.

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Novell News Summary – Part II: SUSE Studio and BridgeWays, Novell’s Proprietary Side Also

Posted in Australia, Courtroom, GNU/Linux, Google, Identity Management, Interoperability, Mail, Marketing, NetWare, Novell, OpenSUSE, Protocol, Red Hat, SCO, Servers, SLES/SLED, UNIX, Videos, Virtualisation, Windows, Xandros at 10:11 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Letter N

Summary: Large assortment of Novell news from the past week

IT HAS not been a packed week for Novell, not judging by the news anyway. This week we combine some elements of SUSE with the rest of the bunch. Novell’s business is also mentioned in this new report.

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Latest Dead Products, Delays, and Descends at Microsoft

Posted in Identity Management, Microsoft, Search at 8:44 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Clashing fronts
Clouds over Microsoft

Summary: Musiwave terminated after Microsoft acquisition, security/identity integration delayed, search falls

A FEW days ago we showed that Microsoft eliminated two more products, followed by yet another. That’s a lot of dead products in less than one week and here is Microsoft merging another and eliminating an old service in the process.

To make matters worse, this report from IDG gives yet more examples of a bundle of existing delays.

Microsoft is on the verge of finally providing some pieces of software to back up its ambitious plan to integrate its security and identity technologies, but the company admits it is moving slower than it had anticipated.

Another undelivered promise is progress in search, the lack of which has had Microsoft lose billions of dollars.

The other day we wrote about figures from StatCounter. Although these cannot be verified, they do offer some relative insight into the continued failure of Microsoft in the search business. The report from IDG concentrates on US-only figures, as usual, as though this has more considerable impact then anything else which is measured.

The new numbers, compiled by online metrics firm StatCounter, show Bing dropping to 8.47 percent of the U.S. market in September. That’s a fall of 1.17 percent from its position in August.

From another source comes the estimate which shows Google exceeding 90% in global market share.

StatCounter also said global search share for Bing and Yahoo also declined. Bing slipped to 3.3 percent from 3.6 percent, while Yahoo dipped to 4.4 percent from 4.8 percent. Google’s global share remained at 90.5 percent.

That cannot make Microsoft particularly pleased.

“Every time you use Google, you’re using a machine running the Linux kernel.”

Chris DiBona, Google

“I’m going to f—ing bury that guy, I have done it before, and I will do it again. I’m going to f—ing kill Google.”

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO

Novell News Summary – Part II: Distribution Channel, Virtualisation, Mail, Identity, Security, and More

Posted in Finance, Identity Management, Mail, Marketing, Microsoft, NetWare, Novell, SCO, Virtualisation at 4:47 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Arches in national park

Summary: A weekly roundup of Novell news that excepts GNU/Linux (SUSE)

NOVELL’S channel is said to be broken, but the Var Guy listens to Novell’s chief marketing guy, who defends the channel nonetheless.

The VAR Guy: Has NOVL made any channel partner cuts in North America, elsewhere? If so, why and by how much?

Dragoon: Distribution in the Americas has been consistent year over year with the exception of adding Avnet as a Value Added Distributor. We have 5 relationships with Major Distributors in the Americas. (ATG/Arrow, Avnet, Tech Data, Synnex and Ingram).

Novell and SCO keep taking turns in court, but both companies may have a similar destination for putting their imaginary intellectual monopoly before their clients’ real needs.


Novell was mentioned in very few places in the financial press and weeks after its results, these results are still being compared quite repeatedly to Red Hat’s results. Novell claims that its “Linux” component is up, but Novell carries the weight of older products, so it is no Red Hat.


A company near Novell deals with virtualisaion and here are Novell and PlateSpin listed separately in an article about it, despite residing under a common roof after an acquisition.

Surrey-based product and services supplier SGI holds accreditations with the likes of Microsoft, Dell, Novell, Citrix, VMware and PlateSpin.


Mark Shirman, chief executive at Massachusetts-based GlassHouse…


SKyCOM, which was mentioned here before [1, 2, 3], has released this second episode of a video that shows Novell GroupWise.

The following video has also been spread by Novell (uploaded again by Russell Dastrup, Novell’s Corporate Video person).

Novell’s PR people speak about it and the following item mentions GroupWise also.

The Mobile Intelligence application for BlackBerry smartphone works in conjunction with the BlackBerry Enterprise Server, which is compatible with all the leading messaging systems including: Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and Novell GroupWise.

Here is another case of Novell losing to Microsoft.

After a trial period by students and faculty, the new e-mail system was selected over other e-mail clients, including Novell, Zimbra, Mirapoint and Gmail.

On GroupWise support in instant-boot Linux:

And, it hooks into Microsoft Exchange, IMAP, POP and Novell GroupWise email, while delivering battery life that lasts for days, not hours. Many vendors are now offering instant boot options in laptops.

Identity Management

A press release was published which brings together many brands and companies.

Kantara Initiative and Liberty Alliance today announced that identity products from Entrust, IBM, Microsoft, Novell, Ping Identity, SAP and Siemens have passed Liberty Interoperable(TM) SAML 2.0 interoperability testing.

Here is the only bit of coverage that we could find about it:

System integrators and VARs who help enterprises with their identity and access management (IAM) initiatives received just a little bit more market clarity about the interoperability of seven major vendors’ products yesterday. The Kantara Initiative and Liberty Alliance announced IAM products from Entrust, IBM, Microsoft, Novell, Ping Identity, SAP and Siemens all passed the Liberty Interoperable SAML 2.0 test.

Novell’s PR people wrote about the general subject as well.


Here is a new press release where Novell raves about receiving a high rank for sign-on software. At YouTube, new videos are said to demonstrate security problems with Novell products. NetWare is still being deployed nonetheless.

The university deployed a whole gamut of Trend Micro products including: OfficeScan Client/Server Edition and Internet Security Pro for laptops and off-campus PCs; ScanMail Suite for Lotus Domino for campus email server protection; ServerProtect for Microsoft Windows/Novell NetWare for file server protection; and Control Manager for administration.


A Novell executive gets his profile done by the Wall Street Journal where he brags about his house.

To build his driveway, Rick Crandall had workers import a million pounds of moss rock from Utah and spend six months erecting a 28-foot-high retaining wall that hugs his steep hillside, a process that took six months and $1 million.

In short, it was a challenge—exactly what the longtime computer executive likes. Chairman of Novell Inc., the open-source server software company, Mr. Crandall tackled the construction of his 8,250-square-foot home with the same patience and means he applies to his other idiosyncratic interests.

Here is a reminder of the fact that Dell employed senior people from Novell. We saw this before.

Dell channel chief Greg Davis recently hired a channel veteran, Nancy Reynolds (previously Trend Micro and Novell) to lead their enterprise channel strategy. And they are certainly investing in training, enablement and performance incentive programs for their growing number of channel partners. But, many solution providers still vow to never “partner” with Dell, citing their historic direct-only selling model and bias.


Novell tightens its relationship with Koenig, which is about certification and examination.

Koenig is proud to announce that Koenig is now Gold Training Partner for Novell as well as offers practicum testing for Novell Exams.

Gen-i turns out to be working “closely” with Novell.

“Gen-i’s effort in innovating IT in a grid-based supercomputing centre environment, leveraging cloud services model and virtual infrastructure enables real-time customer service delivery. By doing this, Gen-i has created a whole new commercial model based on the ability to create entirely self-contained environments for customers rapidly and easily,” Chief Technology Advisor for IDC’s Asia/Pacific Emerging Technology Council, Dr. Patrick Chan, said.

“Gen-i also differentiates in its ability to work closely with its vendor (Novell) to evolve its needs into the vendor offerings and help shape the next version of the vendor product,” he said.

Novell is mentioned in this press release about ManageSoft and also the announcement of this GFI-Katharion acquisition.

The GFI hosted and edge anti-spam and anti-virus filtering solutions will work with any mail structure including Microsoft, Novell, Apple, and Linux environments.

Marketing and Other Matters

Here is a keynote talk from Tracy Smith (Novell) and a call for “Novell IT rock stars,” courtesy of Novell’s marketing people.

The following marketing site has Troy Monney of Novell mentioned in the context of B2B marketing.

Michael Rapp, Manager of eMedia, Fujitsu Network Communications, and Troy Monney, VP of Global Marketing Execution, Novell, separately described their approach to creating these customer profiles. But both expressed the importance of avoiding unnecessary complexity in the persona-development process.

Novell ought to focus more on engineering and less on meta-industries like marketing, which produce nothing of real use.


Novell News Summary – Part III: SCO, Finance, Netware, Virtualisation, Mail, Identity, Security, People, and Partners

Posted in Apple, GNU/Linux, HP, Identity Management, Mail, Marketing, Novell, SCO, Security, Servers, UNIX, Virtualisation, Windows at 10:30 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Natural bridges

Summary: Roundup of Novell news from the past 7 days

IT has been another quiet week for Novell (also due to Labor [sic] Day), so this post might be worth skipping.


Groklaw has this new post with an AutoZone chart. Jones writes:

SCO hasn’t changed at all. It hasn’t backed off at all. The complaint, however, has changed, and the changes are to cover its back because the Utah District Court ruled that Novell didn’t transfer copyrights to Santa Cruz in 1995. At least that is how it strikes me. So it has added two copyrights to its list of registered copyrights, UNIX System V: release 4.2MP (the version that was highlighted in SCO v. Novell) and SCO OpenServer: release 5.0.5. That’s because SCO now alleges copyright infringement but also a contract claim related to OpenServer. The other thing that has changed since SCO filed this amended complaint is that SCO management has been replaced by the Chapter 11 trustee, and so we don’t know yet if this case will even go forward now. It’s up to him, not former management. However, you can see what they *would* have done, if it had been up to them, namely continue to sue Linux end users, not just AutoZone, and this was intended to be the template, I gather. They wanted this to be an object lesson: pay SCO for using Linux. Like I said, they haven’t changed at all.

The actual big news comes from Novell, which wants UNIX back (or rather, it wants to clarify that it indeed owns it).

Novell Files for Rehearing En Banc!


En banc means not just three judges, but all the appeals court judges. The filing is 78 pages, and we can read it together.

This may take a while.

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Novell News Summary – Part III: Channel Changes, Revenue Drop, Virtualisation, and More

Posted in Europe, GNU/Linux, Google, Identity Management, Mail, Novell, Security, SLES/SLED at 5:46 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Southern Utah

Summary: Novell news that pertains mostly to the proprietary side of Novell


NOVELL made some very big changes in its UK channel recently. Sean McCarry is running the company [1, 2] after the departure of Jacqueline de Rojas and Channel Pro, a UK-based Web site, has this new report about the subject.

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Novell News Summary – Part III: PlateSpin Protect 8.1, Sentinel, and Few Other Things

Posted in Identity Management, Mail, Marketing, Microsoft, Novell, Virtualisation at 9:31 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Desert days
Arches National Park in Utah

Summary: All the rest of the news about Novell

There is nothing significant to see here this week, but what follows is a quick summary of minor things.

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Novell News Summary – Part III: PlateSpin, GWAVA, Security, People, and Partnerships

Posted in Finance, Identity Management, Mail, Marketing, Novell, Security, Videos, Virtualisation at 5:54 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Lionhead rock

THERE are many news articles listed here, but none are important in the sense that they really change much. For those who insist on reading on, we only warn that it might be dull.

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