Microsoft-Novell partnership yielding little results

By Justin Mann on March 14, 2009, 12:54 PM
When Microsoft and Novell partnered some time back, many people predicted doom and gloom. Open source advocates said that the IP sharing and cross-licensing Novell had agreed to was detrimental to Linux and ultimately was just a trap to any potential customers that would sign up. Businesses tasked with running mixed-operating system environments seemed to initially welcome the deal, though, and the two actually expanded their alliance with further investments back in August.

Specifically, the software giant agreed to purchase up to $100 million of additional Suse Linux Enterprise Server certificates – paid in $25 million increments starting last November as the certificates were distributed. But things are now slowing down in the Novell-Microsoft relationship, as it turns out, the companies didn’t sign a single large customer during the most recent quarter. Novell's approach to this loss of sales has been to blame itself, claiming that their reseller channel is insufficient rather than pointing fingers at Microsoft.

Novell also said that they have to date invoiced $199 million, or 83 percent, of the original $240 million agreement. So why did Microsoft prepay $25 million for a new batch of certificates when it still had $41 million lying around? It’s clear that Novell needed the cash, the company reported disappointing first-quarter earnings and a slide in its Linux business, but Microsoft’s motivation for the move seems unclear.




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zeke123 said:
> So why did Microsoft prepay $25 million for a new batch of certificates > when it still had $41 million lying around? I> but Microsoft’s motivation for the move seems unclear. Micro-soft needs Novell for the FUD value like in this video in which Ballmer continues the claim that Linux infringes on Redmond' IP (never mentioning which of course) and that Red Hat users owe Microsoft money because Red Hat did not sign their extortion deal. He mentions that Novell has paid the extortion fee to be able to use Linux (and all those patents Linux stole from Microsoft) and are therefore the "legit" and "safer" Linux while Red Hat users, Debian, Fedora, Mandriva, Ubuntu and all those that havent paid are criminals as are their users. [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5B0GTYfPoMo[/url]We now know that many companies have paid for these unknown patents that Microsoft claims Linux infringes on. Its one heck of a racket.Microsoft needs Novell to be their 'legit' Linux, the shining example that associating yourself with Microsoft isnt the kiss of death if you pay Microsoft a tax to use your favorite free (as in freedom and beer) software .They also need Novell so they can continue influencing the Gnome desktop directions.The potential dangers of Mono would be bad enough if it was just for assorted plugins but Gnome has many programs now like Evolution which are totally dependent on a technology which brings nothing new to the FLOSS table but poses enormous risks as a trojan horse.Novell employees are also in charge in both OpenSuse (read their charter before anyone claims theiy are an independant community. Novell employess must be on the board.) and Gnome, although with the latest cuts affecting hugely the Suse developers cant be a good thing.The worst part for Novell is that Red Hat showed with their interop deal with Microsoft recently that you can make a pact that is beneficial for youre company but does NOT feed the Microsoft FUD machine. Red Hat specifically stated that their deal in no way, shape or form has anything to do with the Microsoft patent claims.And you know what? The Linux community totally believes Red Hat and totally distrusts Novell.
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