Speaking yesterday at Novell's annual conference in Barcelona, CEO Jack Messman told customers and partners that Microsoft's exhaustive license fees for Windows have prevented enterprises and developers from directing cash into more "innovative" software. "Microsoft has sucked $60 billion out of our industry that could have been used for innovation," said Messman, who thinks innovation stands a better chance with Novell's brand of juggling the open-source and proprietary worlds. "The industry needs the profits from proprietary software to help fund open-source developments," he said. Indeed, the company has been working hard to reconcile an open-source philosophy with its proprietary past--a balancing act exemplified by efforts to align NetWare with its SuSE Linux server products. Novell is hoping to keep its NetWare platform alive with the introduction of Open Enterprise Server, which includes the legacy networking platform and SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9.