THE suspicion that Novell employees are harassing Boycott Novell (and other Web sites that occasionally write about Novell for that matter) is no suspicion but a fact. They want good publicity and in the lack of good publicity they’ll attack the messenger, be it the carrier of a negative message about Mono or whatever.
To produce proof, one need not go far, either. Take pseudonym “Baby In The Bath Water” for example. He has posted dozens of comments here since last year. What comments? Critical — if not abusive — comments.
According to one comment, this person is “involved” with “IETF draft specifications” and he spends a lot of time here promoting/defending Mono, as well as other Novell products.
He posted each and every one of these comment from 126.96.36.199, which belongs to:
OrgName: Novell, Inc. OrgID: NOVELL-1 Address: 1800 South Novell Place City: Provo StateProv: UT PostalCode: 84606 Country: US NetRange: 188.8.131.52 - 184.108.40.206 CIDR: 220.127.116.11/16 NetName: NOVELL-WEST NetHandle: NET-130-57-0-0-1 Parent: NET-130-0-0-0-0 NetType: Direct Assignment NameServer: NS.NOVELL.COM NameServer: NS2.NOVELL.COM Comment: RegDate: 1988-06-03 Updated: 2004-05-05 RAbuseHandle: BWA3-ARIN RAbuseName: Wayne, Bruce RAbusePhone: +1-801-861-2222 RAbuseEmail: email@example.com RNOCHandle: BWA3-ARIN RNOCName: Wayne, Bruce RNOCPhone: +1-801-861-2222 RNOCEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org RTechHandle: BWA3-ARIN RTechName: Wayne, Bruce RTechPhone: +1-801-861-2222 RTechEmail: email@example.com OrgTechHandle: DNJ4-ARIN OrgTechName: Johnson, David N. OrgTechPhone: +1-801-861-2561 OrgTechEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org # ARIN WHOIS database, last updated 2009-01-08 19:10 # Enter ? for additional hints on searching ARIN's WHOIS database.
We also get a lot of harassment from IP addresses in the vicinity of S.u.S.E. (Germany). Coincidence or mischief? Or maybe the posters just happen to have cracked and hijacked machines in Novell’s headquarters, in order to access Boycott Novell.
If it were not for the harassment, it would be harder to argue that Novell seems a little paranoid, maybe because the Netcraft (traffic) rank for this site is 2892nd on the Web (and rising steadily).
“The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity.”