Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Novell speaks on Microsoft deal

Filed under
Interviews

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…

Full Story.

Year 2512. Microsoft Makes Windows OS Open Source. Apocalypse…

"Exactly 506 years ago, the former CEO of our galactic company Microsoft, decided to make the first step towards making our famous Windows OS a part of the open source movement. Thank you Steve Ballmer!"

This is how an opening speech at WinHEC 2512 will probably sound like, after today’s announcement about the Novell-Microsoft collaboration. I’m sure many Linux fans will cry in despair and will consider this alliance sort of a “union against nature”. Others (analysts in particular…) will become like scavengers and will dissect all possible implications of this partnership, from Linux’s point of view and from MS’s point of view. Boring…Why not imagine something else and try to squeeze some humor out?

We all know Microsoft has a long history of dominance in the tech world, although it has not obtained that dominance by always being revolutionary or innovative in its domain of activity. Actually, the tech illuminati might say it’s the other way around. And since history has a bad habit of repeating itself regularly, we can imagine that will happen in the future.
So how will things look like in the year 2512 for MS? Sit back and enjoy the history lesson told from the future…

Full Article.

----
You talk the talk, but do you waddle the waddle?

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

More in Tux Machines

Linux 4.14-rc2

I'm back to my usual Sunday release schedule, and rc2 is out there in all the normal places. This was a fairly usual rc2, with a very quiet beginning of the week, and then most changes came in on Friday afternoon and Saturday (with the last few ones showing up Sunday morning). Normally I tend to dislike how that pushes most of my work into the weekend, but this time I took advantage of it, spending the quiet part of last week diving instead. Anyway, the only unusual thing worth noting here is that the security subsystem pull request that came in during the merge window got rejected due to problems, and so rc2 ends up with most of that security pull having been merged in independent pieces instead. Read more Also: Linux 4.14-rc2 Kernel Released

Manjaro Linux Phasing out i686 (32bit) Support

In a not very surprising move by the Manjaro Linux developers, a blog post was made by Philip, the Lead Developer of the popular distribution based off Arch Linux, On Sept. 23 that reveals that 32-bit support will be phased out. In his announcement, Philip says, “Due to the decreasing popularity of i686 among the developers and the community, we have decided to phase out the support of this architecture. The decision means that v17.0.3 ISO will be the last that allows to install 32 bit Manjaro Linux. September and October will be our deprecation period, during which i686 will be still receiving upgraded packages. Starting from November 2017, packaging will no longer require that from maintainers, effectively making i686 unsupported.” Read more

Korora 26 'Bloat' Fedora-based Linux distro available for download -- now 64-bit only

Fedora is my favorite Linux distribution, but I don't always use it. Sometimes I opt for an operating system that is based on it depending on my needs at the moment. Called "Korora," it adds tweaks, repositories, codecs, and packages that aren't found in the normal Fedora operating system. As a result, Korora deviates from Red Hat's strict FOSS focus -- one of the most endearing things about Fedora. While you can add all of these things to Fedora manually, Korora can save you time by doing the work for you. Read more

BackSlash Linux Olaf

While using BackSlash, I had two serious concerns. The first was with desktop performance. The Plasma-based desktop was not as responsive as I'm used to, in either test environment. Often times disabling effects or file indexing will improve the situation, but the desktop still lagged a bit for me. My other issue was the program crashes I experienced. The Discover software manager crashed on me several times, WPS crashed on start-up the first time on both machines, I lost the settings panel once along with my changes in progress. These problems make me think BackSlash's design may be appealing to newcomers, but I have concerns with the environment's stability. Down the road, once the developers have a chance to iron out some issues and polish the interface, I think BackSlash might do well targeting former macOS users, much the same way Zorin OS tries to appeal to former Windows users. But first, I think the distribution needs to stabilize a bit and squash lingering stability bugs. Read more