Archive for November 2006

Q/A with Novell CEO

November 30, 2006

Keeping up with all the media coverage about the deal between Novell and Microsoft, I found an interview Ron Hovsepian did for ComputerWorld on November 28, 2006. The interview starts with this question:

ComputerWorld: How did the agreement with Microsoft come to pass? Who approached whom, and when?

Ron: “This past May, I picked up the phone and called Kevin Turner, the COO at Microsoft. I knew Kevin when he was the CIO at Wal-Mart. I said, “Kevin, I’d like to have a conversation about what the customer needs.”

The complete interview is available at ComputerWorld’s web site.





Perspectives on Free and Open Source Software

November 22, 2006

I found this Open Access Book: Perspectives on Free and Open Source Software. I believe that if you are reading this blog, that book will interest you. By the way, kudos to The MIT Press for providing a free version of the book.



Is it damage control time for Novell?

November 21, 2006

It looks like it is!


Ron Hovsepian, Novell’s Chief Executive Officer, wrote an open letter to the Free and Open Source Software Community in a desperate effort to minimize the damage caused by Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer’s comments last week indicating that Linux users owe something to Microsoft.


Microsoft responded Novell’s letter with a statement indicating that:


“Microsoft and Novell have agreed to disagree on whether certain open source offerings infringe Microsoft patents and whether certain Microsoft offerings infringe Novell patents. The agreement between our two companies puts in place a workable solution for customers for these issues, without requiring an agreement between our two companies on infringement.”


Now, we have to keep a close eye on how everything progresses.





Do Linux users owe Microsoft?

November 17, 2006

I do not think so but Steve Ballmer does!

From Computerworld, we have that:

In a question-and-answer session after his keynote speech at the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) conference in Seattle, Ballmer said Microsoft was motivated to sign a deal with SUSE Linux distributor Novell Inc. earlier this month because Linux “uses our intellectual property” and Microsoft wanted to “get the appropriate economic return for our shareholders from our innovation.”

You can read the complete article here



Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft: a match made in heaven?

November 16, 2006

Maybe in the heaven of search engines 😉

Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft have agreed to use the Sitemaps 0.90 standard, developed by Google, to let webmasters guide the search engines’ automated Web crawlers in properly indexing their Web pages.

For details, see today’s press release.



Is the number of irrelevant search results going to decrease some time soon?

November 15, 2006

I don’t think so.

A couple of days ago, I was reading a post titled Thoughts on the State of Search at the O’Reilly Radar. I completely agree with most of the points expressed in the article, in particular with the facts that:

  • The number of irrelevant search results will increase as the Web gets bigger

  • It is time for the search companies to start embracing, seriously, queries formulated in natural language

  • It is time that the search companies present the results grouped (clustered) in a meaningful way to facilitate the arduous labour we have of finding a needle in a haystack of irrelevant results

  • The search companies must update their databases more frequently

To read the post, you can click here.





Java is Free!

November 13, 2006

In what has been catalogued as a bold movement, Sun Microsystems released Java (one of the most popular programing languages) under a GPL v.2 license.

The press release from Sun is available here