Novell speaks on Microsoft deal
WE SPOKE to Novell European president Tom Francese in the wake of the Microsoft pact to get some reaction on the deal.
INQ: What’s your immediate reaction to the deal?
TF: I like Steve Ballmer's statement that people said this could never be done. From an open-source community point of view I would say: nothing can stop us now. The movement has been fully embraced by one of the last bastions, Microsoft. We can go to market with IBM, HP, Dell, but now that includes Microsoft.
INQ: Any reaction from users yet?
TF: We had calls throughout the night. I’m an out-in-the-field person and customers have been calling saying 'now we can select an open-source partner and if we select Suse Linux we are completely free and unencumbered by concerns on intellectual property'.
INQ: But previously open-source vendors have always argued that there is no major user concern on IP…