Legal Questions Around JeOS?

Lora Bentley

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.


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May 19, 2008 5:33 AM caroline caroline  says:
Does anyone know how I can tell if my slow broadband connection is down to my pc or my broadband provider (Tiscali)? I ran a speed test here http://www.broadband-expert.co.uk/broadband/speedtest/ and it tells me I have a download speed of 2.06Mbs and an upload speed of 243 Kbps. My laptop a dell Inspiron 8600, is about 3-4 years old some and I have Windows and is running Windows 2000. Any or advice help would be greatly appreciated! Reply
Mar 5, 2009 8:15 AM Mark Mark  says: in response to caroline

Hi Caroline, it may be worth running another broadband speed test to compare results such as at http://www.broadbandwatchdog.co.uk/speed-test.php

Has your broadband speed suddenly slowed down recently? What broadband speed does your broadband provider provide up to for the plan you are on?

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