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Linuxworld: 'We need more apps!'

Novell boss defends Microsoft deal

In order for Linux to prosper it needs to develop a broader base of applications, avoid fragmentation, address data-centre needs and expand its market, according to Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian.

In addition, Hovsepian said Novell would support GPLv3 in future versions of SUSE Linux and would honour coupons for those versions of the operating system as part of Novell's partnership with Microsoft.

The Novell leader made the remarks during his keynote address to open the third day of the LinuxWorld conference.

Hovsepian started out by declaring that Linux is mainstream.

"Make no mistake about that. We all see that, we are all experiencing that," he said. He thanked the Linux kernel team, the community and the Free Software Foundation for its work on the GPL, including the new Version 3.

Hovsepian then said Novell would be shipping GPLv3 components in upcoming packages of SUSE Linux Enterprise as they are released. Currently there are no components in SUSE Linux licensed under the GPLv3.

In response to a question from the audience, Hovsepian said Novell will redeem Microsoft-issued coupons for software that is licensed under GPLv3.

"Customers will redeem the coupons and we will deliver the latest version of our distribution. It is that straightforward," he said.


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