Techworld is reporting that a Red Hat executive has accused Novell of stealing and reselling its code. But ZDNet is reporting that Red Hat is simply accusing Novell of releasing beta-quality code that it developed (which Novell allegedly did no development on). Which is it?
It all revolves around real-time Linux. Today Red Hat launched its MRG (Messaging, Real-Time, Grid) product, while Novell released a similar product (Novell's SuSE Linux Enterprise Real Time 10 (SLERT 10) last week. Red Hat is claiming that SLERT 10 is a weak version of its MRG, stolen code, or both.
On the theft, Techworld writes:
At the London launch of MRG, line of business VP Scott Crenshaw said that the Utah-based rival had used beta versions of Red Hat's code in its offering. "They haven't contributed a line of code", he said. As a result of this change of code, he argued that "all their prior users are cut off" from previous versions.… Read more