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"


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 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

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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