I have admired the contributions of Novell to GNU/Linux (e.g. the Linux kernel, Beagle desktop search engine, Evolution e-mail client). I have admired the defence they rendered in SCOG v World. However, I see nothing but shameful acts as the details of Novell’s agreements with M$ come out.
Novell agreed to work for M$ to appear to be making OpenOffice.org work better with OOXML when in reality they were making it work better with a subset of Office 2010. They did things like “skip over” unrecognized content. How’s that for improving interoperability? It’s a sweet deal to allow M$ to claim they were interoperable while they were not. It’s a sweet deal to allow M$ to claim their product was better because it could produce content not identified by the open standard. Novell sold out, pure and simple. To work for M$ on a contractual basis is just business. Working with them while they undermined the open standards process and interoperability while proclaiming they were enhancing interoperability is not. That is collusion in anti-competitive acts.
Shame on Novell. They have sullied their own reputation entering into unconscionable agreements with the evil empire.