Novell's annual user event, BrainShare, took place this week in Salt Lake City, Utah. President and CEO, Ron Hovsepian sat down with Linux Magazine's Bryan Richard to talk about patent protection, responding to customers, and competing with Red Hat.
] One of the things that I think I'm going to take away from talking with your executives this week is that, from Novell's perspective, working with Microsoft as a partner is no different than working with any other vendor that sells a competing product.
] Absolutely. That's something that gets lost because of who we're working with in this case. But from our point of view this is no different than us having a partnership with IBM on Linux but competing with them on identity [management]. That's how I see it when I look at this as a business venture.Read the Full Interview
Linus Torvalds' Benevolent Dictatorship
The creator of Linux says "I can't be nasty" when leading the open-source movement since it's all built on trust and teamwork.
Linus Torvalds created the first iteration of the Linux operating system 13 years ago. Since then, he has been the technical shepherd coordinating the volunteer work of more than 1,000 people who actively contribute code and ideas to the Linux kernel -- the core program. He's also the symbolic leader of a movement made up hundreds of companies that are involved in Linux development, in addition to the thousands of volunteers. That has helped Linux become the No. 2 operating system worldwide for server computers.
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Linus Torvalds wrote the core of Linux, a free version of the Unix operating system. Despite being free, with no large software company backing it, Linux now has an estimated installed base comparable to MacOs or Windows NT. Linux is extremely popular among Internet software developers, and the "Linux model" of decentralised development with loose copyright is the topic of three papers in this issue of First Monday. Netscape's decision in January to release source code for its Web browser shows that the commercial software is not immune to the Linux model either.
Over the past two years, Linus Torvalds had an e-mail dialogue with First Monday's Rishab Aiyer Ghosh on what motivates people to work on free software. According to Torvalds, it is not really fame and reputation. Contributing to the "cooking-pot market" of the Internet matters, which is why he doesn't care for shareware. Users are developers too, as they contribute implicitly. And while a passive user base could reduce developers' inclination to write free software, what counts most of all for the best programmers is the fun of programming - they're like artists.
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