lunes, 24 de enero de 2011

It took a little more than a year.... but Novell crumbled nevertheless

Do you remember when you opened your browser to get the latest news on Nov 3rd 2006? I do. I just couldn't believed my eyes when I learned that Novell had signed this deal with Microsoft..... and if that's not enough, how about bad mouth developers of FLOSS everywhere (the same guys who largely develop the product Novell was trying to get money from) saying that if you (we... I still do a little FLOSS development as personal side projects) didn't want to get into trouble you better do your work for free? Ain't that lovely? As a summary, it was a very deceptive turn of events.

I remember back then that someone from Red Hat made a comment somewhere (it's not a press release, I think.... I checked on their site for the press releases around the time) that they felt comfortable with the move. That within a year Novell would have been zapped into oblivion as each and everyone of the previous partners Microsoft had gone to bed with had.

I found this article (from Dan Lyon's) while trying to find the quote I'm telling you about and it's basically the same thing. Well... it took a little more that one year but Novell did crumble after all.

I wonder if there are other companies out there that are still willing to change their luck with a Microsoft partnership.

PS In the Dan Lyon's article, there's a note for Red Hat: When companies start talking about Microsoft "validating" their market, they're usually about to be validated out of existence. I say, it sounds like it's going to take a little more than RH talking about Microsoft validating their market in order to throw the company down.

4 comentarios:

  1. I think the term you are looking for is "non-compensated hobbyist developers".
    I remember it very well,
    As someone who is both a "non-compensated hobbyist developer" and a "compensated developer" I thought that the promise from Microsoft not to sue was beyond useless, it helped create something I forgave Novell for doing: trying to create a 'legal' and non-legal version of Linux and helping the extortion scheme.

    Something which Microsoft has been repeating since including that famous video from 2 years ago where Ballmer says that Novell has paid for the infringements that Linux has on MS IP but that users of Red Hat are going to have to pay up MS eventually (this is how the mafia and the US State Dept function also).

    In the words of famed "non-compensated hobbyist developer" Nelson Munz: "Haw, Haw, Novell!!"

  2. "willing to change their luck" < I think you mean /chance/

  3. the whole thing left a bad taste in my mouth. Maybe I should have tried an Apple instead?

  4. "I wonder if there are other companies out there that are still willing to change their luck with a Microsoft partnership."

    Yes, Nokia and Qt. If you haven't seen this yet, have a look: