CyberTech Rambler

March 25, 2009

Sorry, but not even your customers think you have them in mind …

Filed under: Uncategorized — ctrambler @ 12:02 am

TheRegister said that:

“[Novell’s] Hovsepian said he could have done a “better job” of communicating about the deal and suggested he got caught up in thinking about customers, instead of the perception and possible fallout from dealing with Microsoft.”

Actually, he was not even successful in “thinking about customers”. Sorry. If his customers appreciate that he was “thinking about them”, they will flock to him, then he would had been vindicated for signing on the dotted line. There are multiple way to see the deal. People like me who see it from the side of open source will always going to criticize the deal. But if his customers flocks in, then it means the deal work from the business side and I will be the first to say that the public (or those that matters) had spoken, and they did not agree with us.

In a related note, Ina Fried of CNET choose to highlight the Microsoft-Novell deal, I think the more interesting point in the article is how Microsoft decided to go into the patent game and how it built up its patent business. Events leading up the Microsoft-Novell deal is certainly interesting, but to me is a freak show on the side.

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