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Re: [opensuse] World-largest Linux Migration Project
  • From: "David C. Rankin" <drankinatty@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 02 Apr 2008 14:53:53 -0500
  • Message-id: <47F3E451.5050803@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
James Knott wrote:
David C. Rankin wrote:
Fred A. Miller wrote:

Novell has ALWAYS had a better product! But, their management has and still does leave a lot to be desired.....marketing is the WORST of all.

Fred


Agree whole-heartedly. Where is netware today? Where is Word Perfect today? Both worked well, When Novell acquired WP at the 5.x-6.0 juncture and then put out WP 6.5, 6.5 was a great product for its time and would run circles around word 1.0f and 2.0. And today? Go figure...

One thing you're missing is how Microsoft deliberately caused problems for competing software. There's currently a lawsuit over how Microsoft interfered with Word Perfect. They did the same thing to DR-DOS & OS/2, among others.


Right you are again James. There were those little OEM installed OS problems, illegal tying agreements and not so subtle violations of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act that Novell had to contend with. I wonder how many of those rights were given away in the Novell-MS deal..


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