We should have known that a piece titled "The Lonely Voice of Dissent at Novell's BrainShare" focused on open source evangelist Bruce Perens. Except he wasn't actually at BrainShare. (He's apparently too upset over Novell's Microsoft deal to attend.)
He was across the street, according to LinuxInsider.com, where he hosted a press conference to air his problems with the agreement. He told the "handful of reporters" in attendance that the agreement Novell made with the proprietary software juggernaut was nothing less than "Mutiny on the Bounty." Novell, he said, has betrayed the open source community and "doomed" itself to becoming part of Microsoft.
With the Microsoft agreement, he says, Novell is cutting off its relationships with the small, independent developers that write most of its code, and since Novell doesn't write its own code, the only thing left will be to turn to Microsoft.
Not surprisingly, Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian finds the idea of a Microsoft buyout laughable. "[T]hat's deep in the conspiracy theory bucket," he says.