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Do-No-Evil Saturday - Part II: Novell's Past in the the Past Week's News

Returning technology

Let us just go very quickly through some new articles that relate to Novell's past.

SCO and Days of UNIX



The Novell-SCO faceoff is upon here again. Groklaw keeps track of Novell's request for SCO money.

Just reading the Introduction tells you that SCO is, once again, asking for unusual relief, which Novell strongly argues it can find no case law to support. What SCO wants is to keep the SCOsource money; but unless either the facts or the law support its position, it is hard to see how it can. Novell uses an illustration, about a guy selling someone else's car without the owner's permission.


Another update on these developments you will find here.

More filings in SCO's bankruptcy and a Boies Schiller lawyer for the Novell trial



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Here you go, more mountains of paper in the bankruptcy. Dorsey & Whitney line up for their money, for the fifth time, and in SCO v. Novell a Boies Schiller associate, Mauricio Gonzalez, whom we've previously seen in the Red Hat case, signs on to the team in the Novell case, which likely indicates he'll be there for trial.


NetWare



UnixGoing further back (or forward, depending on whether you look at UNIX days or Linux days) we arrive at NetWare, which is still very much alive in the NHS.

“Cost was one factor and the other was that we are a big Novell site and we found that Kaspersky Lab integrated better with our servers €­ – and provided the best management interface within our Novell NetWare environment,” he says.

“Most of the anti-virus companies are geared up to Microsoft, but Kaspersky Lab has maintained its partnership with Novell.”


DR-DOS



Going a very long way back, here you have an article about DOSes and Novell is mentioned among the players involved.

While the DOS wars were raging, Novell wanted to become the next Microsoft and was intent on doing that by leveraging its dominance in networks and buying the rest. It bought Wordperfect, Unix, and parts of Borland to try match Microsoft product for product. What it was missing was DOS, so it bought Digital Research. Novell revved the product creating Novell DOS 7 but Novell didn’t really know what it was doing. Novell DOS 7 was a failure, as was its anti-Microsoft strategy. Novell sold off DR-DOS to Caldera.


This says nothing about Microsoft's anti-DR-DOS behaviour [1, 2, 3, 4], over which it was prosecuted.

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