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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 NewToNix ( 668737 ) on Saturday December 23, 2006 @12:34PM (#17348390) Journal

    Didn't they used to be a Linux company?

    • Yeah, and didn't Microsoft used to be a Windows company?
    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by 10scjed ( 695280 )
      They still are, according to Stafford Masie [] at the CITI forum. As you can see from the quote, Masie is also adept at inspiring confidence in Novell's closed-source proprietary products:

      "...Y'know, we're a Linux company, we do identity management, but we're a Linux company. Identity management, there's so much happening there to open source alot of the APIs, which we've already done, the only thing we haven't open-sourced in the identity world is kinda our directory, and I can tell you what, we proba

  • Of course he considers this "old news"; I would say the same thing if my largest competitor (SEL) committed a blunder like Novell did. Is it any surprise that Red Hat turned in the numbers they did last quarter?
  • Perhaps they have an interest in validating the deal?

    Deutsche Bank fund bets on patents as asset class []

    Boycott Novell [].

  • by Schraegstrichpunkt ( 931443 ) on Saturday December 23, 2006 @02:12PM (#17348810) Homepage

    RTFA. The Red Hat CEO isn't commenting on the Microsoft-Novell deal. He's commenting on the "three joint customers" that are apparently covered by the Microsoft-Novell deal. Novell is still fully to blame for their own actions.

  • 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 bl8n8r ( 649187 ) on Sunday December 24, 2006 @08:29AM (#17352994)
    Q: And where have we heard that name before?
    A: k []

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