The Samba Team disapproves strongly of the actions taken by Novell on November 2nd.
One of the fundamental differences between the proprietary software world and the free software world is that the proprietary software world divides users by forcing them to agree to coercive licensing agreements which restrict their rights to share with each other, whereas the free software world encourages users to unite and share the benefits of the software.
The Software Freedom Law Center's CTO Bradley Kuhn has issued a statement regarding the Novell-Microsoft agreements and how they will impact FOSS developers. They have analyzed in particular Microsoft's Patent Pledge for Non-Compensated Developers and see little value and in fact say it's worse than useless, because it creates an illusion of safety and because it limits severely what that developer is allowed to do with his work...
Performance improvements and support for Windows Forms makes the latest version of Mono a powerful framework for hosting .NET applications on Linux and an important milestone toward compatibility with the .NET Framework 2.0
Novell published additional details on the agreements announced with Microsoft on Nov. 2, outlining the substantial commitment made by both companies to address customers' growing requirement for Windows and Linux interoperability. The details were made available by Novell in a filing with the SEC. The financial terms of the agreements include payments for pre-paid SUSE Linux Enterprise subscriptions, sales, marketing and development commitments, and payments under the patent cooperation agreement.
Novell is changing the file system software used by default in its Suse Linux operating system, aligning with rival Red Hat and moving away from a project whose future has become entangled with the fate of a murder suspect.
Novell today announced the industry's first enterprise Linux-based virtualization solution built on Xen*, optimized for Intel* Virtualization Technology. SUSE(R) Linux Enterprise Server 10 from Novell(R) running on Dual-Core Intel Xeon* platforms will provide customers with a low-cost, high-performing virtualization solution that has the ability to host Linux* environments without the need to modify the guest operating systems. With the integration of Intel Virtualization Technology within Xen, Novell also announced plans to offer enterprise support for virtualized SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 and Red Hat* Enterprise Linux 4 running on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10, allowing Red Hat customers to migrate to Novell service and support while still running Red Hat Enterprise Linux in a virtualized environment.
Novell announced that it had received a staff determination notice from the NASDAQ Stock Market stating that the company’s common stock is subject to delisting from the NASDAQ Stock Market. The notice was issued in accordance with standard NASDAQ procedures as a result of the delayed filing of Novell’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the period ended July 31, 2006. Timely filing of periodic reports is a requirement for continued listing under NASDAQ marketplace rule 4310(c)(14).
Reflecting the importance of training in promoting Linux* adoption worldwide, Novell(R) is honoring its top Linux training partners for their success in driving Linux education, designating them Linux Centers of Excellence. These partners, which include companies across Novell's major geographic markets, delivered rapid growth in students trained, top ratings for the quality of their Linux instructors, and high marks for customer satisfaction. Customers seeking hands-on Linux training in their local markets can turn to these partners with confidence that they will receive enterprise-quality Linux education.