Brutal Feedback

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2006-11-21 Print this article Print

Acknowledging that some of the feedback about the deal had been "brutal," Dragoon said "it hurts at a very personal level. What Im trying to do is encourage the community, which is so passionate about its beliefs, to see the broader picture, which is that what we are trying to do is very much aligned with their agenda. It is to advantage, as best we can, Linux and open source at an enterprise level," he said. Novell believed that its open letter made its position on the deal and its implications quite clear, and it was hopeful that the community would give it the opportunity to "restore and repair those relationships in the light of what our intentions were, and our positions and actions are, around this," he said.
"But that is going to take time, as this is a very emotional argument for them, and I understand that and their passion about their positions. But they are very important stakeholders in Novell, and that is why we felt it important to release this open letter, which explains our position in very certain terms," he said.
Dragoon also lashed out at Red Hat, which has rejected out of hand the possibility of doing a similar deal with Microsoft. Read more here about how Red Hat has rejected a similar deal with Microsoft. "They [Red Hat] are talking out of both sides of their mouth. They were co-founders with us of the Open Invention Network, so clearly they have a view that intellectual property and patents have some role within this broader space. So I think it is a convenient position for them to take, but frankly I think if you look at their actions, those represent a more pragmatic, a different view," he said. Red Hat had also been "kicked twice in the past few weeks," Dragoon said, referring to the Oracle Unbreakable Linux announcement and Novells deal with Microsoft, "so I think you need to put their comments in the right context." But, adding to Novells woes, is the fact that Jerry Rosenthal, the chief executive officer of Open Invention Network, an intellectual property company formed to further the Linux environment by acquiring patents and ensuring their availability, has joined the chorus against the patent indemnification deal between Novell and Microsoft. In a statement released Nov. 21, he said that OIN did not see the need for this kind of patent coverage, clients were not asking for it and there had never been a patent suit against Linux to its knowledge. Next Page: Protection.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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