Novell announced that its Novell(R) ZENworks(R) Patch Management solution helps customers prepare their business systems for the imminent 2007 Daylight Savings Time (DST) change in the United States. Previously, computers automatically adjusted for DST. However this year, most computers will require a patch to tell them to set their clocks ahead one hour on the second Sunday of March and set them back one hour on the first Sunday of November.
Microsoft Corp. and Novell today unveiled more details about their joint technical roadmap and the benefits customers can expect from the collaboration. Microsoft and Novell are engaged in joint development on four areas of technology that address significant problems faced by enterprise customers today: virtualization, Web services for managing physical and virtual servers, directory and identity interoperability, and document format compatibility.
Reuters posted a story on Saturday morning, of all times, titled “FSF says Novell could be banned from selling Linux” that sent the blogosphere and several media outlines into a frenzy of activity. While some folks didn’t bite, many places on the web just repeated the story verbatim. It’s a fetching headline, but a bit misleading since the Free Software Foundation doesn’t really have that authority over Linux.
The Free Software Foundation is reviewing Novell Inc.'s right to sell new versions of Linux operating system software after the open-source community criticized Novell for teaming up with Microsoft Corp.
"The community of people wants to do anything they can to interfere with this deal and all deals like it. They have every reason to be deeply concerned that this is the beginning of a significant patent aggression by Microsoft," Eben Moglen, the Foundation's general counsel, said on Friday.
Novell has developed a new training course to help systems administrators migrate from Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 from Novell. The course is available both as a free download and as an instructor-led class, available at locations globally.
You'll be gratified to know that Dan Bricklin's call for questions he could ask Novell and Microsoft about their patent deal and associated issues, and your questions in response, were noticed by one and all. There is going to be a postponement of the announced "Building Bridges" meeting originally announced for Monday, so both Microsoft and Novell can get different speakers to answer those questions. I think that's a good thing, as long as it's a postponement and not a cancellation, and I'm glad if they are taking the questions seriously. In any case, I wanted you to know since some of you might have been planning to attend on Monday. Don't show up Monday. Here's the notice from the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council:
Building and maintaining packages for multiple Linux distributions has never been an easy task. But Novell wants to change that with a pair of releases it hopes will make it easier to build Linux application packages and custom Linux distributions.
Novell moved Wednesday to underscore its support for free software development after volunteer technical support collapsed for rival Red Hat's free Linux version.
Novell spokesman Kevan Barney said the downfall of Red Hat's Fedora Legacy Project only strengthens Novell's commitment to its own partnership with open-source, or free, software developers worldwide.