"Yesterday we mentioned Matt Asay’s speculation about an upcoming Novell acquition. The worst case scenario, as explained before, is that where Novell scoops Xen and then punishes other GNU/Linux distributors. Such a move would hurt Linux tremendously, according to a humble analysis.
Although it is hard to verify the identity of commenters, Ray Ozzie has just posted a comment which confirms this."
The legendary Jeremy Allison (of Samba fame) has resigned from Novell in protest over the Microsoft-Novell patent agreement, which he calls "a mistake" which will be "damaging to Novell's success in the future."
Deutsche Bank AG, Credit Suisse and AIG Technologies today became some of the first customers to tap the benefits of the recently announced collaboration between Microsoft Corp. and Novell Inc. on interoperability between Microsoft Windows and Linux. Under three separate customer agreements, Microsoft will deliver to each company SUSE Linux Enterprise subscription certificates, allowing these customers to take advantage of the Microsoft and Novell agreement.
Palm Beach County, one of the five largest counties in the U.S., has tapped Novell for identity and desktop management across its network, leading to significantly reduced IT administration costs and improved security. Challenged with lowering costs while maximizing the value from its existing mixed network, Palm Beach County needed a comprehensive, cross-platform solution to manage its distributed IT environment. Novell's identity management solution is helping the county improve security, while providing significant cost savings at the same time. Novell has also helped the county streamline desktop management, including patching, reducing IT travel time by 75 percent and helpdesk administration time by 90 percent.
A survey of technology decision-makers shows very strong customer support for the recent agreement between Microsoft Corp. and Novell Inc. designed to improve interoperability between Windows Server and SUSE Linux Enterprise. Nearly all respondents agree with improving interoperability, having products that work well together, and having tools that make it easier to manage mixed Windows and Linux* environments. The survey, jointly commissioned by Novell and Microsoft, was conducted by Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates Inc., a respected independent market research firm.
German is an interesting language, and many of its words have made it into English. Novell's recent deal with Microsoft is begging to add another one: Danaergeschenk. The term translates to "Gift by the Danaer" and has the same roots as "Greeks bearing gifts," which goes back to the siege of Troy.
Novell's Danaergeschenk to the world is the recent announcement to implement OpenXML support in OpenOffice.org.
The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world's premier vendor neutral Linux* certification and Novell, developer of the widely acclaimed Linux distribution, SUSE Linux Enterprise, today announced a series of initiatives to promote Linux professional credentials and the global adoption of open source software. In particular, LPI welcomed the cooperation of Novell on the development of LPI's upcoming enterprise-level certification program, LPIC-3.
Novell posted disappointing quarterly results Tuesday due to weak sales of older products, and said it expected to take restructuring charges in 2007, driving its shares down over 8 percent.
Novell shares fell 8.4 percent in after-hours electronic trading from their Nasdaq close of $6.33.