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How Long Before Everyone Accepts That Novell is with Microsoft More Than with Linux?

Novell and Vista



"Our partnership with Microsoft continues to expand."

--Ron Hovsepian, Novell CEO



NOVELL prefers to 'cannibalise' GNU/Linux than to further the agenda of Free software. What does that say about Novell?

“Novell is trying to steal Red Hat's business (revenue source) while the servers still run Red Hat's product.”Novell wants to replace free Linux with a Linux that's encumbered by Microsoft's 'patent tax'. What does that say about Novell?

Novell is trying to steal Red Hat's business (revenue source) while the servers still run Red Hat's product. What does that say about Novell?

Novell's Web site hardly advertises migrations from Microsoft/Windows to SUSE/Linux. What does that say about Novell?

We wrote about this subject earlier in the week [1, 2] and we shall revisit it soon.

Why doesn't Novell announce (e.g. in a press release) a Novell-sponsored migration from Windows to SUSE?

Novell is building bridges between its Suse Linux OS and that of Red Hat in an effort to make it easier for Red Hat users to migrate across to Suse Linux Enterprise Server.


To Novell, the enemy of the enemy is a friend, i.e. Red Hat's enemy is Novell's friend. As Sean Michael Kerner puts it, ""Novell Goes After Red Hat Linux Users," but not Windows users.

There are a plenty of ways to grow a business, including the old-fashioned approach of stealing customers from your competition. The latest entrant is Novell, which is pitching customers of Red Hat's Linux to migrate over to Novell.


Has Novell made any progress at all? That's in doubt.

Novell Attacks Red Hat With Linux Migration Offer



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So, did Novell really steal market share from Red Hat last year? And can the company really hope to take 3 to 5 percent market share from Red Hat over the next 12 months?


Alfresco's extensive survey indicated last year that the Microsoft/Novell deal may have actually driven customers away from Novell.

Over at Groklaw, Pamela described this latest move from Novell as "another Oracle-like move". She added: "Now do you get deeper insight into the Novell-Microsoft deal? Everybody hates Red Hat's success, which Red Hat achieved without violating the GPL's terms or selling out to Microsoft, and so they all try to figure out ways to try to bleed them to death for profit. It's like how everybody wants to sue Google all of a sudden. Well. There's a sucker born every minute, they say, so somebody will pay thousands per server for this, I suppose. But you know what the song says: Ain't nothing like the real thing. And Red Hat is the real thing."

Those who wish to help GNU/Linux should boycott Novell. The last thing the world needs is a Linux which is 'tainted' by Microsoft tax and Microsoft APIs (control).

"Every time you use Google, you're using a machine running the Linux kernel."

--Chris DiBona, Google

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