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Linux in the News - Wednesday

Linux in the News - Wednesday

Microsoft Goes on the Anti-Linux Offensive Down Under

 "Microsoft has begun the year with a campaign which claims that Windows has a lower total cost of operation than Linux and outperforms the open source operating system. The software giant has set up a Web site called 'Get the facts on Windows and Linux' where the company presents 'the facts you need to make the choice between Windows and Linux.' A series of advertisements are to be run in major IT publications over the first half of 2004.

There are three studies by research groups, commissioned by Microsoft, all of which have been aired in the past - an IDC report titled Lower Windows Staffing Costs Provide a TCO Advantage Over Linux, a Meta group study headlined WinTel Server 10 Times Less Expensive to Operate Than Linux Mainframe and a Giga Research study titled Microsoft .NET Development Platform Delivers 25% Lower Development and Support Costs Than J2EE/Linux."

Sydney Morning Herald, January 7, 2003

Bruce Perens Cries "Foul!"

"The point they're trying to make is really quite specious. If anything, this lowers Microsoft's credibility and shows that they're losing ground to Linux....This could be a good thing for Linux. I think this may wake up some people in the business world who are going to see that Microsoft is scared of Linux, and that's going to get them to look at Linux as a serious possibility."

Bruce Perens, January 7, 2003
[quoted at Wired.com ]

Meantime Novell Goes on the Pro-Linux Offensive in the US

"One of the things that is really important to us is to get Novell to recognize that an open-source community is a social fabric of individuals organized in a meritocracy; it's not consortium or standards. If you're a company that wants to be credible and have strategic input in the Linux world—the open source world—you have to have key individuals weaved into that fabric that are part of your company. You have to have major contributors, people who are maintainers, people who are driving the strategy in the community, freely and openly, that are part of the company, too. You can interlace your goals and the goals of the community. That's how it works. And so it's not about a top-level decision to throw some money at Linux; it's about actually having people in the team.

When we got bought by Novell some of the initial things we heard from the people were skepticism. It was, 'Does this mean that Ximian going non–open source?' and, 'The code's going to disappear,' and so on. But the results have been just the opposite. We've been doing trainings and talking to the teams about how to offer the product strategy to better align with open source. And there's been a lot of eagerness. So over time, I think the effect people will see is more transparent development and more standard business development, not just replicating what the open-source community does.

Ultimately the goal is Novell actually becoming a huge contributor to and driver of Linux. At the time of the acquisition, I think we were shocked at the buy-in we had at [Novell executive] level and even at the board level to make that happen."

Nat Friedman, Ximian cofounder - now VP of product development of Novell's Ximian Services group, January 7, 2003
[quoted in an interview with AlwaysOnNetwork.com]


Chris Stone: "With Ximian We Acquired a Culture"

"When we acquired Ximian it was as much about acquiring a culture as it was about acquiring a company."

Chris Stone, Novell vice chairman, January 7, 2003
[quoted in an interview with AlwaysOnNetwork.com]


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Charles Golden 01/08/04 10:54:35 AM EST

"...it took Corel to kill that."

Corel excerpt:
"At least Novell kept the Unix (X/Motif) WordPerfect line around... it took Corel to kill that."

Wrong! Microsoft purchased 24,000,000 prefered shares(non-voting)of Corel on October 2, 2000 at $5.625 per share. They sold(gave)them to Vector for $0.5625 in 2003 and then had Vector converted these shares so that they could vote them for a buyout of Corel at an extremely low price of $1.04 per share. Between October 2, 2000 and August 2003,
Microsoft controlled the Corel Board of Directors and Corel Executive Officers. They kept Corel from selling and marketing their products, therefore lowering the share price to a point where they could buy out Corel with Corel's assets. Corel management colluded with Vector and Microsoft on this travesty. The common shareholder lost while
Microsoft, Vector and Corel management made money. Corel management held no common share, but held millions of stock options given to them by the common shareholders. These were voted for the buyout of Corel.

This was not a good deal for Ottawa, Ontario, Canada or the common shareholders worldwide. Don't expect Ontario or Canada to do anything to correct this robbery. They coddle corporate miscreants!


ashishk 01/07/04 06:59:48 PM EST

anyone remember that Microsoft page back in '99 on "Linux Myths"?

They've since taken it down but it used to be at: http://www.microsoft.com/ntserver/nts/news/msnw/LinuxMyths.asp

It was designed to convince the seasoned business professional that Linux doesn't measure up to the hype. Slashdot said at the time "Some good points. Some not-so-good points."

MarkHB 01/07/04 06:29:00 PM EST

At least Novell kept the Unix (X/Motif) WordPerfect line around... it took Corel to kill that.

Novell bought WP just after the 6.0 / 6.0a debacle (WPWin 6.0 was so buggy they had to issue a full update -- 6.0a -- almost immediately afterwards), when it had become obvious that WP was finding it nearly impossible to adapt to the Win16 world from DOS. The first Novell release with the ugly tomato-soup stripe I remember was 6.1.

SAsteve 01/07/04 06:25:51 PM EST

Novell has past experience buying, then passing along, dying technologies. They bought the UNIX codebase, which they then passed along. They bought WordPerfect too.

The problem is, Ximian isn't a dying technology. It doesn't fit the pattern for Novell...

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