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By: Boycott Novell  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Cloud Computing, Operating Systems, Infrastructure Solution

Summary: An OpenSUSE-derived distribution/spin is looking for other stewardship (if any found)

a) Due to lack of time (i’ve began my Master Studies abroad) i’ve to give up from the project. I think that there are people who are able to lead the project and have more time available.

Summary: SUSE Makes OpenStack less open by putting SUSE Manager in it

Based on OpenStack’s interrelated cloud computing platform components, SUSE’s cloud infrastructure solution runs on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and leverages existing and proven tools such as SUSE Studio and SUSE Manager. The integration of SUSE tools, platform and OpenStack, coupled with SUSE’s extensive experience delivering enterprise-class, open source solutions, removes many of the complex, cost-prohibitive and risky issues associated with cloud computing.

Palladium 2.0

Summary: UEFI draws complaints but not from Microsoft Linux and its patrons

On the openSUSE Factory mailing list a bikeshed was started talking about how ‘SUSE controls openSUSE’ (see my earlier blog about bikesheds).

We find it quite telling that amid the about Microsoft’s UEFI abuses [, , , , ] Novell/Attachmate/SUSE are nowhere to be found. Canonical, which is much smaller, got involved and so did Red Hat, obviously. To quote from SJVN:

The Linux Foundation and friends are working on using UEFI so that computers can be both more secure and give users freedom of operating system choice instead of using Microsoft’s secure boot plan to lock users into Windows 8.

  • There’s been some hubbub lately about Secure Boot, a hardware-verified, malware-free operating system bootstrap process that aims to improve the overall security of computers. Part of the UEFI specification which is slated to replace the aging BIOS with which many of us are familiar, Secure Boot can forbid the loading and execution of unsigned operating systems. Microsoft is requiring that Secure Boot be activated and enforced for any OEM systems that want to use the ‘Designed for Windows 8′ logo. The nature of the technology, and Microsoft’s recommended implementation of it, could remove control of the overall system from the end user, and in this configuration Secure Boot may prevent Free Software operating systems from loading.

Summary: Zonker responds to FUD from Forrester but spreads his own Red Hat FUD after departing from Novell

Joe ‘Zonker’ Brockmeier is generally a very good writer. He writes coherently and makes it all very engaging. This is why Novell hired him. Forrester, on the other hand, is a bias up for sale. We already showed how . That’s just the business model. “Analysts sell out – that’s their business model,” [PDF].

In the early days of Linux, analysts were spouting all kinds of nonsense about Linux. It was pretty clear that folks from firms like Forrester and Gartner weren’t clued in entirely about what Linux is, how open source works, nor did they have any vision for the future.

But after 20 years, I figured that most analysts with a major firm like Forrester would know better than writing silly posts that say mobile has killed Linux’s hopes for world domination. Unfortunately not.

Mike Gualtieri writes, “the real end to Linux’s hope for world dominance came when mobile platforms iOS and Android cleaned clocks in the mobile market. Sure, Android is built on top of Linux, but Linux is only one of many piece parts of the Android mobile operating system. It is not Linux.”

Say what?

In as much as any operating system using the Linux kernel is “Linux,” then Android certainly is Linux. Sure, Android ships a lot of different pieces compared to Ubuntu or Fedora, but it’s still Linux.

Yes, that FUD is not dead yet. Forrester is still trying. We generally don’t bother rebutting outdated FUD that has been debunked to death.

“We generally don’t bother rebutting outdated FUD that has been debunked to death.”Zonker did well when he countered that FUD (there are other refutations, but they are not quite so well written). The problem we have with Zonker is that around the time of he took and then decided to spin it a little for drama. Now just to clarify, Zonker (Joe Brockmeier) is not a normal journalist. He is one who received wages from Novell while he was still working as a journalist, so if he while promoting Novell/OpenStack (as a reminder, OpenNebula is and OpenStack is not much better), he should not be missing a disclosure of his past work which only goes over a year back.

Red Hat, Canonical (Ubuntu) and SUSE already compete in the Linux market. Now, they’ll increasingly compete in the cloud computing world. Both SUSE (owned by Attachmate) and Ubuntu are getting cozy with OpenStack, the open source cloud standard initially promoted by Rackspace and NASA. On the flipside, Red Hat is marching forward with its own cloud standards, though Red Hat insists those standards will be open and community-developed.

What’s even more interesting is how SUSE is delivering this OpenStack distribution. SUSE is using their SUSE Studio as the platform to distribute (and likely build)OpenStack. That means that enterprises can potentially custom build their own OpenStack distributions in SUSE Studio. That’s an incredibly powerful model and one that no other vendor currently offers.

“I’ve heard from Novell sales representatives that Microsoft sales executives have started calling the Suse Linux Enterprise Server coupons “royalty payments”…”

–, April 21st, 2008

Co-authored with XFaCE

Summary: Gold Microsoft Certified Partner Attachmate has a new strategy masquerading as “open” and “community” for earning volunteer labour while benefiting these two proprietary software companies

“Friday 16.09, while working on the openSUSE 12.1 marketing actions during the Marketing Hackfest, two of us had the spontaneous idea to suggest an interview to Michael Miller(Vice President of Global Alliances & Marketing for SUSE), asking him a few questions we could have in the openSUSE community. We did not have the time to go around, to find the FAQ or to choose the “best questions”. It was kind of “shall we do that, around a cup of coffee ? Why not ?”. And Michael Miller accepted our proposition, without any objection or any “joker’s need”.”

Type casting

Summary: A word of caution about a rebranded OpenSUSE

FACTORY contains the new style already.

“We need to slaughter Novell before they get stronger….If you’re going to kill someone, there isn’t much reason to get all worked up about it and angry. You just pull the trigger. Any discussions beforehand are a waste of time. We need to smile at Novell while we pull the trigger.”

–Jim Allchin, Microsoft’s Platform Group Vice President

Posted in , , , , , at 8:12 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Compal is the latest subject of Microsoft’s racketeering/PR campaign, which seeks to distort the way business is being done and ultimately ‘normalise’ corruption

Nearly 5 years ago this site was created to challenge the beginning of this distortion of ‘competition’, where one turns one’s competition into its own cash cow. The customer suffers enormously and businesses suffer as well, except those which violate the law and get away with it (like the mafia when the police turns a blind eye, due to complicity or fear).

“Microsoft is a reactionary company whose mode of operation is: spot potential threat, then extinguish/buy out, and of course repeat.”Novell is utterly destroyed and all that’s left of it are products that act as Microsoft cash cows and masquerade as “GNU/Linux” (or as “open” and “community-driven”, thanks to gullible people who help OpenSUSE ). Then there are products like (some management left and they lose customers at a rapid pace). Groklaw of , which Pamela Jones is very familiar with. Microsoft managed to kill both the ‘old Novell’ and the ‘new Novell’, which became too much of a threat to Windows and Office around 2006 when SLE* 10 came out. Microsoft paid to remove Novell as a competitor from the market, in fact paying very cheaply in order to control its opposition through SUSE/OpenSUSE, Go-OO (with OOXML), Mono, etc.

Microsoft is a reactionary company whose mode of operation is: spot potential threat, then extinguish/buy out, and of course repeat. There are many examples of this kind (involving companies or form factors like sub-notebooks) and Microsoft is now focusing on Android. Why don’t people ever learn properly from the past? Microsoft never changed. Only the PR changed.

“Now that we know what both Novell and Microsoft lawyers said in their opening statements Tuesday at the antitrust trial just starting in Utah over WordPerfect and QuattroPro,” writes Jones, “folks here are Groklaw are starting to find exhibits from the Comes v. Microsoft antitrust trial collection here on Groklaw that do seem to raise questions about the facts asserted in the Microsoft opening statement.

“So I decided to put the report about the Microsoft opening statement from the courtroom up again, with some of the exhibits we’ve uncovered, in the hope that it will be useful by comparing them. If you find more, please add them in your comments. We’re still transcribing the exhibits, so feel free to help with that as well, by all means. We’re concentrating on this page now, but you can work on whatever interests you.”

China-based Compal Electronics will pay undisclosed royalties to the software giant for use of Google’s Android and Chrome operating systems used in smartphones, tablet, and other consumer electronics, the company said.

Microsoft cannot sell, so it is trying to tax those who do by means of divide and conquer with litigation and threats.

Nobody doubts that extortion is a crime, but there are ‘political’ reasons for the way it is handled (antitrust equilibrium) and the endless spin is vital for Microsoft in ensuring people don’t view this logically. They will be running lobbying and PR campaigns to whitewash their habitual crimes (keeping both critics and regulators at bay).

The patent system is fundamentally flawed thanks to a combination of ridiculous litigation, really trivial patents and a landscape where you can’t know what is patented, according to James Gosling, the father of the Java programming language and chief software architect at Liquid Robotics.

Gosling , speaking at The Economist’s Innovation Summit, admitted that there was “a kernel of principle that I actually believe in”, which is the value in being able to compensate innovators for what they do. However, he maintained: “The patent system is, frankly, a disaster. It’s one of these things I feel really frustrated about.

“Their goal is to impose desperation and eventually make Android as expensive as Windows Phone 7, with little help from other oligarchs or trolls.”Well, they push this FUD repeatedly, along with fake costs. Their goal is to impose desperation and eventually make Android as expensive as Windows Phone 7, with little help from other oligarchs or trolls. Fortunately, the Oracle vs. Google case is tracked again by Pamela Jones [, , ], whose site does a fantastic job defending Android, probably the most mainstream ‘distro’ of Linux. Pamela has all along (since last year) warned everyone about Florian’s relationship with Microsoft and raised the need for antitrust action over the Android extortion. A lot of the corporate press never did any of that. Instead, it played along with the Microsoft PR and also quoted Florian extensively (after ).

Posted in , , , , at 2:52 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Wyse’s idea of choice and what SUSE is achieving

Keywords: Cloud Computing, Infrastructure Solution, Linux Enterprise Server, Operating Systems, Software Operating Systems,

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