Novell's Steinman Misspeaks on FSF Contributions

Lora Bentley

Last week's interview with Novell's director of marketing for Linux and open platform solutions, Justin Steinman, created a flurry of activity in the blogosphere.


First, bloggers at took Steinman to task for saying that Novell is a "significant financial contributor to the Free Software Foundation," when, according to an FSF spokesperson quoted in the post, the company's last contribution was in the amount of $5,000 in 2005.


On Tuesday, Alfresco Software VP and InfoWorld blogger Matt Asay chimed in, chastising Steinman for what he apparently saw as an exaggeration of the company's involvement with the FSF. Asay updated his post after Steinman made his own statement on Novell's Web site.


Steinman, to his credit, was quick to admit his mistake (the post is titled "Mea Culpa") in failing to verify his information regarding contributions before speaking to us. He also apologized to the Free Software Foundation and to the open source community at large, and reiterated Novell's continuing commitment to open source.


We have offered Steinman the opportunity to respond here at IT Business Edge, and we will be quick to share what we receive.


UPDATE: In response to the inquiry mentioned above, Novell representatives have referred us to Steinman's statement, published yesterday on the company Web site.

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Mar 23, 2007 7:02 AM Roy Schestowitz Roy Schestowitz  says:
At least he apologised, which is a noble thing to do. Meanwhile, Ron H. has expressed concerns about a tiny little regret, which is allowing Microsoft to introduce the whole patent thing. Hopefully they'll retract that part of the deal, before more damage gets done. It is highly imporbable though.You have put together a concise and accurate summary of the recent events, but let's see how things progress. If I were Novell, I wouldn't hold my breath at this stage. Reply

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