InfoWorld: What do you see as the major issue that end user enterprise customers are facing in terms of licensing?
Gutierrez: The major issue they're facing is ensuring that they can continue to have a heterogeneous network that has products that have been designed to work well with each other. The reality is that most customers do have a combination of technologies in their installations and they do not wish to rely on a single vendor. What that reality poses is the challenge of designing and developing products that work well with each other. IP licensing plays a role in enabling that interoperability work being done. The feedback that we received in our collaboration with Novell has been, first of all, very supportive of the deep collaboration that we're doing, and that has been resulting in tremendous commercial success on the part of Novell in that particular instance. For example, they grew over 38 percent between 2006 and 2007 in the Linux market. They were the commercial vendor that grew the fastest in that segment. Their market share grew almost 10 percent year over year. And this is the result of the appreciation that customers in the enterprise give to the efforts that Microsoft and Novell have put in solving real life, customer-centric, interoperability challenges and providing them with peace of mind from the point of view of intellectual property. So there is a model by which these customer objectives can be met.
InfoWorld: Novell is working on a couple of different projects to put the Microsoft technologies on Linux and other platforms. One is the Mono project to put the .Net Framework on Linux and other platforms and the other is Moonlight, offering Silverlight for Linux. Is there anything else coming down the pike from either Novell or other companies that are going to take high-profile Microsoft technologies and enable them to work on Linux or other platforms?
Gutierrez: Yes, the Novell and Microsoft joint interoperability lab, in addition to the areas that you mentioned, are already delivering results in terms of document format interoperability, interoperability between the ODF format and the Microsoft file formats. They're working on a number of accessibility, interoperability solutions. They're working on identity and directory services interoperability. They're working on systems management solution and virtualization. So there's a whole range of things, the results of which are already apparent in some cases and in other cases you will see become apparent over the next couple of years.