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How Microsoft Uses Novell to Fight GNU/Linux, Xen to Fight VMWare and GNU/Linux

Novell makes Ballnux, not GNU/Linux (free software) anymore

Techtarget.com may be delivering this news a little too late, but it incorporates some quotes which the publisher sought from Red Hat, Xandros, Novell and some so-called 'analyst'. The new article further illustrates the fact that Novell-type deals were more of an anti-Red Hat alliance (or an alliance against anyone who 'dares' not to pay Microsoft for GNU/Linux, including Ubuntu which is fairly dominant on desktops). You might find this article repetitive in the sense that it talks about news that's over a fortnight old, but mind the following:

Novell extends interoperability with Microsoft



"This is just another good thing for Novell," which has already increased its market share 9% due to the Microsoft relationship, said Chris Wolf, an analyst at Midvale, Utah-based Burton Group. "This gives Novell an increased opportunity for licenses and greater penetration into Microsoft space … and will hurt Red Hat. The results speak for themselves."

[...]

Another Microsoft partner poised to benefit from the interoperability pact is Xandros, Inc.


Be careful of what the Burton Group utters. We previously wrote about this group in [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36] because it's seen serving Microsoft's agenda on a regular basis.

“Novell buys its own stock, moves jobs abroad (cheaper labour), and expects layoffs this year.”In this case, Burton's message to you is that the Novell/Microsoft deal is grear news and that you, as a customer, will be better off choosing 'Microsoft-approved' distributions. Don't be fooled though because Novell does pretty badly. Novell buys its own stock, moves jobs abroad (cheaper labour), and expects layoffs this year.

What we find in Novell-type deals is actually related and similar to what is already happening in virtualisation. Not only has the Burton Group recently spread FUD about VMWare, but others do this too. Xen has, to an extent, become "the Novell of the hypervisors space". Yes, it's very much the same with Xen, which became a tool for Microsoft to fight VMWare and all those 'nasty' Linux distributors that don't pay Microsoft. Ubuntu can't be blamed for moving over to KVM, which is said to be superior and more elegant anyway. More recently it was an IBM virtualisation expert who said this, but the flamewars continue.

As further evidence that Xen is now indirectly controlled by Microsoft's needs (just like Novell), consider this from the news:

XenSource, now part of Citrix Systems, has been the mainstay of the leading open source hypervisor, Xen. Unlike other open source companies, it has always shown an affinity for working with Microsoft.

[....]

Before being acquired by Citrix, XenSource already had a technology partnership with Microsoft to help it prep Windows Longhorn, now Windows Server 2008, to run Linux in Microsoft-generated VMs. There were subtleties to doing that well, and Microsoft needed a knowledgeable partner. Xen needed to be a super performer on future Windows systems to compete against VMware. Thus an alliance was built.

Citrix, long a close Microsoft partner, acquired XenSource last August for $500 million. By September, Microsoft and the XenSource team inside Citrix were saying they'd use the same VM file format, Microsoft's Virtual Hard Disk. You can't get closer to your virtualization allies than that.


As we stressed on some occasions before [1, 2, 3, 4, 5], Microsoft brought Xen over to Redmond and later put former Microsoft employees in it (at least a General Manager). That's how it seems anyway. If you have been following Microsoft's proxy fight against Yahoo, then you'll probably have an idea of how such brutal things work. Deform and subvert, until forced obedience is achieved.

"There are people who don't like capitalism, and people who don't like PCs. But there's no-one who likes the PC who doesn't like Microsoft."

--Bill Gates

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