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Red Hat CEO on Microsoft-Novell Deal 42

VE3OGG writes "The Seattle PI is running an interesting blurb from the Red Hat CEO on the current Novell-Microsoft deal that has been so lately lamented. According to Red Hat CEO Matthew Szulik, the deal is 'old news.' 'Those were existing accounts and there is at least one of them that I can speak definitely that is also a Red Hat account,' Szulik said. 'So those were older engagements and we were not involved in competitive situations with those two or three years ago when they became Novell accounts.' The common client that Szulik speaks of would likely be Credit Suisse. The story also makes mention that while Deutsche Bank's chief technology officer, Clemens Jochum, praised the deal, the firm has been an early investor in SUSE from the beginning."
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Red Hat CEO on Microsoft-Novell Deal

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  • by Cyno ( 85911 ) on Saturday December 23, 2006 @01:52PM (#17348698) Journal
    Long, deep memories, like elephants? What are you smoking? Don't know about you, but my memory is like a human's who has been psychologically traumatized by their government and corporations for 5 years, and spent a good deal of that time stoned.

    I'm a Linux zealot, and I try not to forget, but forgiving is easy. All you have to do is see the light, learn how to coexist, etc. I forgive Sun. GNU software can replace the old commercial way of doing things, but it doesn't have to.

    I love feeling the power in simple things like Intellectual Property Rights and Free Speech and these Copyleft Licenses.

    This supposed enemy of Free Software is capitalism and it will be more than happy to adopt Free Software when it becomes more profitable than the alternatives. Microsoft knows this. That's why they're shakin in their booties. The only hope they have is to prolong the inevitable.
  • by 10scjed ( 695280 ) on Saturday December 23, 2006 @01:54PM (#17348718) Homepage
    Perhaps they have an interest in validating the deal?

    Deutsche Bank fund bets on patents as asset class []

    Boycott Novell [].

  • by MikeRT ( 947531 ) on Saturday December 23, 2006 @03:04PM (#17349006)
    They're winners, not losers like Netscape and to a lesser extent, Sun. They don't go running to big mama regulator to help them out from the mean old Microsoft bully. Instead they shrug stuff like this off and fight harder. That's why I expect them to be around in the next decade as a strong contender. They understand the rules of the marketplace, one of which is that it's easier to win if you focus on building a product rather than trying to sell a sob story to regulators about the unfairness of having to compete against bigger companies using their influence to attack you.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 23, 2006 @03:33PM (#17349150)

    "I once preached peaceful coexistence with Windows. You may laugh at my expense - I deserve it." Jean-Louis Gassée [], CEO Be Ince.

    The 1990's called and want their naivite back. Attempts at "peaceful co-existance" with MS is for the gullible. The market place is littered with the husks of those chumps dumb enough to try. A free market is what MS fears most.

    Free Software, Open Source Software, and closed source software can all co-exist, with the exception of MS. The basic foundation of MS business model, that of leveraging monopolies not making software, is diametrically opposed.

  • by skeeterbug ( 960559 ) on Saturday December 23, 2006 @06:42PM (#17350106)
    i'm wondering if your post was modded "interesting" due to your confusion. msft didn't try and make friends with linux, they claimed ownership. let me draw an analogy... big jim makes friends with your girlfriend. no problem. this ISN'T what msft did. big jim declares OWNERSHIP over your girlfriend and says you must contact him and pay him in order to talk to her. this *IS* what msft did. okay, i've lost 3/4 of slashdot b/c i mentioned "girlfriend," but the other 1/4 get the idea. msft has claimed ownership over parts of linux such that, if their claim is true, YOU WILL EVENTUALLY HAVE TO PAY MICROSOFT FOR EVERY LINUX INSTALL IN THE WORLD. excuse me, but i think the proper response to this claim isn't "can't we all get along?" rather, i think it is time to build up the linux fortress, gentleman, linux is under a full scale assault. yes, the time frame is extended due to the nature of the battle, but msft wants 1. linux F*ING KILLED or they want to get paid for EVERY SINGLE LINUX INSTALLATION IN THE ENTIRE WORLD! nothing else is acceptabel to these people. think about it.

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