[sf-lug] Fwd: [school-discuss] Fwd: A Landmark Announcement
jim at well.com
Wed Nov 8 10:42:23 PST 2006
(this responds to an earlier message from a city college
administrator with respect to costs implications, given
that they're currently using Novell NOC and thinking of
increasing Linux visibility on campus.)
Begin forwarded message:
> To: schoolforge-discuss at schoolforge.net
> Subject: Re: [school-discuss] Fwd: A Landmark Announcement
> Reply-To: schoolforge-discuss at schoolforge.net
> Perhaps 'hedge your bets' is a better strategy than 'boycott Novell'
> in your case. Most people, even non-technical ones, will agree when
> you say that many/most companies that allied with MS eventually get
> absorbed or stabbed in the back--in either case, they go away.
> Considering all that MS has said about Linux, there's no reason to
> consider this deal will be any different. Perhaps it won't turn out
> bad for Novell. But what your school needs to be doing is thinking
> strategically, such that if Novell does end up in a bad position as a
> result of this deal, your school and its technology plan aren't in a
> position that suddenly becomes very expensive.
> The diversity of Linux distributions is one of its strengths. If one
> vendor does something that isn't in your best interest, you can move
> to another fairly easily.
> If MS or Apple do something that's good for them at your expense, and
> your technology plan is built around them, it's difficult to change,
> meaning you sigh, and then increase class size so you can eliminate a
> teacher to pay for MS's or Apple's price increase. The point is to be
> thinking NOW about where you want to be in two or three years so that
> if Novell does collapse, you can say "Good thing we made those
> changes back in 2006 such that Novell's demise/MS's tightening
> restrictions/price increase doesn't affect us." One could argue that
> this MS/Novell deal gives you a real opportunity to convince your
> colleagues of the danger of your 'full investment in Novell' and the
> need to move away from such mono-culture, as it provides you with an
> occasion to remind people of how these deals usually play out, and how
> your school should take steps to make sure it's not on the short end
> of such an agreement.
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