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SUSE Interoperability and Mono Good for Microsoft: Easier Migration to Windows

"Every line of code that is written to our standards is a small victory; every line of code that is written to any other standard, is a small defeat."

--James Plamondon, Microsoft Technical Evangelist [PDF]



Summary: Microsoft longs for a more dominant position through control of APIs and Novell actively permits this to happen

LAST WEEK we wrote several posts about Novell integrating Mono with .NET and Windows [1, 2, 3]. To Microsoft, if GNU/Linux assimilates itself to Windows, then it becomes easier for Microsoft to embrace and extend it. It puts Microsoft behind the steering wheel.



“There are other new areas where Novell assimilates itself to Microsoft's software.”It is abundantly clear that Mono is better to Microsoft than Java is. To Microsoft, Mono is a latch. That's why it likes it so much and to repeat a ZDNet comment from the Microsoft blog (mentioned in the "Microsoft Moonlight" post):

"Sounds like one more way to help migrate from linux to Microsoft Windows. If this is implemented pulling data from a linux server will be that much easier until the server is no longer needed. I'm liking this interoperability."

There are other new areas where Novell assimilates itself to Microsoft's software. Here is the latest example from IDG (assimilation through submissive connectivity). It will be formally announced quite shortly.

Novell next week plans to release yet another tool that is the product of its three-year-old integration agreement with Microsoft, this time a plug-in for Microsoft’s management tools that lets users manage Novell’s Suse Linux.

The tool, which will ship June 19, was produced as part of Novell's involvement with the Microsoft/Novell Interoperability Lab, which opened in 2007.

Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager, is designed to extend across seven SUSE Linux Enterprise OS services the monitoring capabilities within Operations Manager 2007 R2. Users will be able to monitor both Linux and Windows environments from one console.


We wrote about Operations Manager before [1, 2]. It is about putting Microsoft in charge of datacentres. Novell supports this and so does Xandros. Elsewhere in the news this week we found the following:

“More customers are moving to Microsoft, so legacy has been declining €­ Novell was not growing for us.”


This shows who controls the relationship between Microsoft and Novell, does it not?

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