A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Novell's SuSE Appliance program and the "just enough" operating system around which it is centered. It seems not everyone is happy about that appliance program.
Thursday morning, I received an e-mail from someone identified as "Opn Honest." Attached was a .pdf copy of a legal complaint filed against Novell in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division, on Monday, May 12, by a Texas-based company called Astrum.
In the complaint, Astrum accuses Novell of breach of contract and misappropriation of ideas and trade secrets concerning a "just enough" operating system. Astrum also asks the court to prohibit Novell from, among other things, "providing downloads of SUSE Linux Enterprise JeOS through sites such as www.novell.com/linux2/appliance."
Since I had no idea who sent the e-mail or whether the complaint was authentic, I sent it to Novell for reaction and/or comment. In response, Novell spokesperson Kevan Barney sent this statement via e-mail:
Novell is aware of the claims being asserted by Astrum and believes such claims are without merit. Novell intends to aggressively defend against these claims.