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22Nov/100

Sic transit gloria mundi: Novell is no more

Thirty plus years of a proud history came to an end: Novell is no more

Sic transit gloria mundi: not with a bang but a whimper...

Those old enough to remember glory days of Digital, Informix and Borland will take the assurances of the new master - Attachmate Corporation with a grain of salt, recalling what had happened to the revolutionary technologies pioneered by the respective companies.

There will be seismic shifts in the industry; organizations (my own included) would have to make tough choices about what to do with Novell technologies acquired over the years.

Of particular interest to me is what would happen to the Mono Project - "an open source implementation of Microsoft's .Net Framework based on the ECMA standards for C# and the Common Language Runtime."  While only a blip on the corporate balance sheet, it gave many people assurance that this time things might be different; that Microsoft finally gets it, and open source will lead the way out of corporate slumber... It remains to be seen how the thing will work out, but I would not hold my breath for Attachmate making commitment to open source; it is simply not in their DNA; I wonder though whether Microsoft would recognize the opportunity, and take the Mono team (lead by Miguel de Icaza) in.

Another cool piece of technology I've been watching was Novell Pulse - cloud-based, real-time collaboration platform for the enterprise - written in Scala programming language. RIP?

Market consolidation spells trouble for technology innovation...