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Subject: Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Novell loses another executive
From: Ruben Safir
To: "Inker, Evan"
Organization: Brooklyn Linux Solutions
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Date: Thu, 12 May 2005 06:41:31 -0400
I don't really understand what this means to the GNU/Linux market.
But I have a feeling it means I need to move off of SuSE very soon.
> Novell, in its transition to a Linux and management services company,
> settled its ranks with the announcement of the departure of Richard Seibt,
> head of Novell's Europe, Middle East and Africa operations.
WHAT? How is this juxtaposed into a single sentence? These look like
two non-compatible ideas put together in a single sentence.
> Seibt, who was formerly CEO of Suse Linux before its acquisition by Novell
> in 2003, will be replaced by Ron Hovsepian, president of Novell's Worldwide
> Field Operations.
So this means that the SuSE team is now out of Novel all together. What
happened to the vision that SuSE had. From what I've seen of the last 2
distro's, this doesn't look good for the Distro and that the "strap
proprietary COT software onto the OS is winning the internal politics
within Novel itself.
> Last fall saw the departure of co-chairman Chris Stone, who is credited with
> much of Novell's Linux vision. CTO Alan Nugent followed Stone out the door
> in March of this year. Stone landed at Stream Serve; Nugent at Computer
> Plus, former chief marketing officer Deb Bargained recently left to pursue
> other interests, Novell says. Bergavine had earlier been replaced by Bill
> Hewitt, formerly of PeopleSoft.
Why make these purchases and then gut the corperations visionaries? How
can that possibly succeed?
> Of Novell's Worldwide Management Committee, only one long-term Novell
> executive remains: Angie Anderson, vice president and general manager. The
> major portion of Novell's management came from Novell's acquisitions of
> Cambridge Technology Partners, Ximian and Silverstream.
Does this mean the Gnome Foundation has essentially taken over Novell?
> Whether all these departures signal a shift in Novell's strategy or simply
> signal CEO and chairman Jack Messman putting trust in advisors he has worked
> with in the past, is not known. But losing one in four of its management
> team may portend further changes for Novell
If you realize you need to change your failing business model, why would
you rely on the old management which failed?