[brlug-general] Novel is a bad guy.
bendily at gmail.com
Sat Aug 9 00:52:11 CDT 2008
The article is a year old and it's pure speculation.
Nothing substantial to support failing SuSE adoption due to the Novell/MS deal.
On Fri, Aug 8, 2008 at 10:18 PM, willhill <williamhill2 at cox.net> wrote:
> >From the last link I provided:
> "Alfresco's survey of 10,000 users finds Red Hat adoption tripling, while
> Novell usage stays stagnant. A global survey of open-source enterprise users
> of Alfresco software has found that deployments of Red Hat Linux have grown
> twice as fast as those for Novell SUSE Linux since Novell signed its
> controversial patent and interoperability agreement with Microsoft in
> November 2006."
> They go on to detail ways their study is general and reflects enterprise
> opinion world wide.
> The Free Software Foundation's has the best opinion on the harm done to free
> software. They are independent software freedom experts. If the above is
> true, enterprise users agree with them or think Red Hat offers better value.
> I'd like to enterprise customers are bright enough to equate freedom to their
> bottom line costs.
> All of the possible outcomes of the deal were in M$'s favor. If the world
> rejects Novell, a competitor is eliminated. If the world buys into M$ taxed
> free software from Novell, M$ gains ownership of a new generation of free
> software and revenue to eliminate other companies that did not sign up.
> Either way, they gained Novel's buy in for their new round of secret sauce
> and legitimacy for Steve Ballmer's dishonest patent threats.
> They can say, "See there? A Linux company respects the value of our IP." If
> you were not paying attention, you might believe them.
> If Red Hat growth rates are an accurate poll of opinion, enterprise companies
> were paying attention. Red Hat's reaction punches holes in M$ patent claims
> and, in the long run, gives them a lower cost of business. It is interesting
> that enterprise customers moved while Novell was being paid by M$ for their
> On Friday 08 August 2008, Dustin Puryear wrote:
>> What I've seen of Novell's numbers don't seem to indicate that there
>> has been any substantive (read that as: financial) repercussion to
>> Novell because of this agreement.
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