Feeds

Novell CEO confirms that Microsoft is a reality

Come to our world

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

LinuxWorld Novell's chief executive has justified his company's contentious Microsoft hook-up to open source devotees by claiming the deal is critical to the long-term success of their favorite operating system.

Ron Hovsepian today, during a speech, warned LinuxWorld attendees against complacency over Linux's perceived success in both market share and partner support. He claimed Linux has not yet reached its potential, and is - in fact - at a tipping point.

Linux can only reach its potential by working with Microsoft and proprietary code, and by getting more applications running on different Linux distributions.

Despite nearly a decade of success for Linux, one fundamental issue has not been solved by the community: helping ISVs overcome the expense and time needed to port applications to different distributions that use different APIs and packages.

To that end, Hovsepian called for a re-doubling of efforts to standardize the way ISVs certify software using a vendor-neutral process. "Certification is not transferable across distributions... the risk we have is we are going to fragment the ISVs," Hovsepian said.

"We need to take advantage of what the Linux Standard Base has already built... I don't want us to create more oversight bodies."

It was a performance that saw Hovsepian call Microsoft a reality the community must work with while also flattering two of the staunchest critics of his deal with Microsoft - the Free Software Foundation (FSF) and its chief lawyer Eben Moglen - for creating the thing they believe his deal violates: the GPL.

Acknowledging there'd been a "lot of hot conversation" with Moglen and the FSF, Hovsepian said "Linux would not be where it is today" without the GPL. He also committed to Novell shipping new SuSE Linux packages under GPL v3.

That "hot conversation" was fueled by the FSF's claims it's engineered GPL3 to nullify Novell's Microsoft deal. Microsoft, meanwhile, has bluntly refused to recognize it's bound by the GPL.

Skimming over the details of Microsoft's support, Hovespian said such deals are critical if Linux is going to give customers running mixed environments what they need, by delivering interoperability in the data center and on the desktop.

"Microsoft is a reality in that mixed source world. The acceptance of mixed source by all of us is going to be a critical part of long-term success," he said.

"Linux should be everywhere," Hovsepian said. "But we are not truly there yet and I don't want us to fall asleep at this point in time.

"If we truly believe Linux is going to ever replace Unix and has the potential to replace the desktop of Windows, we have work to do it. If Linux is to realize its place as the dominant platform then we need to improve our progress as a team."®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Azure TITSUP caused by INFINITE LOOP
Fat fingered geo-block kept Aussies in the dark
NASA launches new climate model at SC14
75 days of supercomputing later ...
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
You think the CLOUD's insecure? It's BETTER than UK.GOV's DATA CENTRES
We don't even know where some of them ARE – Maude
DEATH by COMMENTS: WordPress XSS vuln is BIGGEST for YEARS
Trio of XSS turns attackers into admins
Cloud unicorns are extinct so DiData cloud mess was YOUR fault
Applications need to be built to handle TITSUP incidents
BOFH: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?
Don't worry about that cable, it's part of the config
Astro-boffins start opening universe simulation data
Got a supercomputer? Want to simulate a universe? Here you go
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL
Discussing the vulnerabilities inherent in Wi-Fi networks, and how using TLS/SSL for your entire site will assure security.