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Re: Novell and the Microsoft Deal

  • Subject: Re: Novell and the Microsoft Deal
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 26 Nov 2006 10:01:06 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / Netscape
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__/ [ Mark Kent ] on Sunday 26 November 2006 09:31 \__

> begin  oe_protect.scr
> Rex Ballard <rex.ballard@xxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>> Here's Novell's side of the story
>> Open Letter to the Community from Novell
>> http://www.novell.com/linux/microsoft/community_open_letter.html
>> On November 2, Novell and Microsoft announced a significant, multi-part
>> agreement to work together to improve the interoperability between
>> Linux and Windows and for Microsoft to redistribute more than 350,000
>> subscriptions for SUSE Linux Enterprise to the Windows customer base
>> over a five-year period.
> hahaha!  Do the Novell board really believe that this will happen?  No,
> of course they don't.  What they've done is got $260mio into the coffers
> of Novell inc., which will ensure that the board members get to trouser
> a really good bonus this year.  I suggest that everyone looks out for
> the bonuses of Novell board members this year, and perhaps next year,
> indeed, over this full five-year period, as the real story will emerge
> at that point.

Nail. Head.

Novell Hikes Execs' Pay

,----[ Quote ]
| Open source software maker Novell said last Friday its board approved
| the increase of its president and chief executive's base salary to
| US$825,000 per year.


>> This agreement is at the heart of what IT
>> users demand - to deploy both Linux and Windows, and to have them
>> work well together - and many companies have spoken out in support of
>> this new cooperation.
>> 350,000 subscriptions for SUSE? out of 100 million PCs sold.  This is
>> chicken feed.
>> Talk about a lousy negotiator.
>> So I did a little digging into our friend Mr Hovsepian.
>> http://www.novell.com/company/bios/rhovsepian.html
>> With stints in various sales and marketing positions prior to taking
>> profit and loss responsibility at several IBM units, he brings a proven
>> track record of achieving revenue goals and profit growth in the IT
>> solutions business. Mr. Hovsepian also served as a managing director of
>> Internet Capital Group, a venture capital firm.
>> Mr. Hovsepian is non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of
>> the Ann Taylor Corporation.
>> Internet Capitol grop
>> http://www.internetcapital.com/investorinfo-financialdoc.htm#4
>> Some insider ownership filings
>> Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Principal Officers; Election of
>> Directors; Appointment of Principal Officers.
>> On September 8, 2006, Jack Messman notified the Board of Directors of
>> Novell, Inc. that he would be resigning from the Board of Directors
>> effective September 11, 2006.
>> For those who don't remember, Jack Messman was there since the very
>> beginning of Novell.
>> If he bailed out, it could be a sign of mischief.
>> A few other little board changes:
>> http://biz.yahoo.com/e/060622/novl8-k.html
>> Looks like Microsoft packed the board and locked up the proxies before
>> their big deal.
>> Which explains why Novell would make a deal that is a total loser and
>> they knew
>>  would just piss off the Linux contributor community, and the user
>> community.

I fully agree. I usually leave your posts unread until I read them at
lunchtime. Always insightful!

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