Tonight I received this e-mail. It’s an invitation to a session explaining the Novell-Microsoft deal from Novell’s side. I’m thinking of going, I’ll try to take some pictures or even videos. Either way, I’ll report back on what they say…
-------- Original Message -------- Subject: FOSS Workshop - 7 December 2006 Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2006 16:29:45 +0200 (SAST) From: Leigh Holt Reply-To: *Programme* /08h00-08h30/ - Registration /08h30/ - Welcoming address Viola Manuel, Executive Director, CITI /09h00/ - Understanding the Collaboration Agreement between Novell and Microsoft Peter Hunter, Cape Regional Manager, Novell /09h45- 10h15/ - Tea break /10h15/ - Company presentations /11h15/* *- The FOSS Forum Viola Manuel, Executive Director, CITI /11h30-12h00/ - Discussion on ways forward for the FOSS Forum in 2007 *Event Details:* *Date:* Thursday, 7 December 2006 *Time:* 08h00 - 12h00 *Venue:* 44 Wale Street, Cape Town *RSVP:* email , 021-409-7000 by no later than Tuesday, 5 December 2006To: Jonathan Carter Dear Jonathan *FOSS Workshop (7 December 2006)* The Novell Microsoft deal is causing ructions throughout the OSS community. Is this going to encourage companies to move to Linux, as Novell says, or is this a deal with the devil signifying the death of small OSS companies everywhere? Well, ask Novell yourself. Peter Hunter, Cape Regional Manager for Novell will deliver a presentation that will cover the key aspects of the agreement reached between Novell and Microsoft, as well as why Novell pursued such an agreement with Microsoft, and the implications of this agreement for customers and the open source community. If you have any thoughts you would like to share about the latest move in the OSS community, please be there and make yourself heard. We will also so be presenting our draft declaration for the FOSS Forum and would appreciate feedback on that also. Please feel free to share this invitation with anyone you feel would be interested, but be aware that seating limited, so RSVP soon. There will be a limited amount of time at the workshop for OSS companies to present innovative, new product offerings. Should you have an OSS product offering, please submit a short summary on the product and its relevance to the OSS sector to and we will select companies to present their products at the workshop. If you have registered yourself for the event, well done! My apologies if you are receiving this invitation for a second time.
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