By laurar on Nov 21, 2006
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 first).
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 minutes ago.
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? Microsoft's? Novell's?
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 Microsoft's problem.
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! Miguel and Nat are in there! Woo! (er...wrong.)