I'm not the only person slowing down to check out the wreck by the side
of the road...the Microsoft / Novell announcement
...and what we're
seeing now is Novell back pedaling, clarifying, posting open letters,
blogging, restating, and doing alot of "What I meant to say was..."
That is really too bad. Because it's bad communication (say it right
the first time) and it's bad community juju (say it to your friends
It is, however, a really cool URL if you're a guerilla marketeer looking for a shocking mashup URL: http://www.novell.com/linux/microsoft.
So, call it rubber necking, but I can't help but wonder...didn't they
use their turning signal? (tell your friends what you're doing
BEFORE you do it...) Clearly not, based on "Steve the B's" opening
remarks on the press conference webcast
, indicating that they were
sorry they were starting late, there were very complex issues that
really had to be worked out and frankly they just finished a few
Sounds like they were more invested in having the dramatic effect of a
surprise press conference with Microsoft/Novell logos on the sign than
they were in getting on the phone with folks who could help with this
so-called "customer dilemma" they think they have solved...
What customer? The Windows customer? The .Net customer? What dilemma?
Lock in? Proprietary OSs being replaced by GNU/Linux solutions?
What patents? Microsoft's patents...in GNU/Linux? Who's Dilemma?
And did Microsoft approach the right "partner" for the deal? If the
problem they think they have (which they DO have by the way) is that
they cannot compete, integrate, interoperate or basically, PLAY in the
Free and Open Source software arena, why not call the FSF?
Shouldn't that have been their move?
The problem is with Windows. It's not Free and Open Source. It's
And after reading Novell's CMO's blog
...I STILL DON'T UNDERSTAND...Why
is he making this HIS company's problem? Now Microsoft and Novell will
collaborate on interoperability between their offerings --and I still
can't find details of whether we're talking Windows to SuSE Linux, or
what license these technologies will be released under. Or how
they will be created.
When I first heard about this announcement I immediately thought:
HolyHackers! Microsoft and Novell are launching an open source
community and there will be projects to create technology
interoperability between SuSE and Windows, and all the mono community
and gnome community will come together and...Yikes! This is amazing!
and Nat are in there! Woo! (er...wrong.)