Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 1st Apr 2007 21:56 UTC, submitted by suka
Novell and Ximian "Nat Friedman has been one of the driving forces behind the development of the Linux desktop for a few year now. First with his own company Ximian, founded together with Mono chief architect Miguel de Icaza, after its acquisition now inside Novell. A few months ago he has been named 'Technologist of the Year' by the VarBusiness magazine for his work around the SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop. Since then he has been promoted to Chief Technology and Strategy Officer for Open Source, besides the desktop he is also overseeing Novells server business now. During Novells Brainshare Andreas Proschofsky had the possibility to sit down with Friedman and talk about the Linux desktop, the consequences of the Microsoft agreement and the mistakes of the Hula project."
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The loonies have taken over the asylum
by porcel on Mon 2nd Apr 2007 00:39 UTC
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Does anyone else have the feeling that Nat is completely self-serving and nor furthering the interests of Novell itself?

Nowhere in the desktop projects does he mention KDE which has much more demand among enterprises than Gnome. If he really is setting desktop/server strategy at Novell, all my hope for Novell is quickly vanishing and I have a large number of desktops and servers on Suse right now.

He seems to be a typical child of dysfunctional corporations allowing the most incongruent and disqualified people to rule supreme based on their sheer arrogance. To top it all all, the man cannot even speak proper English. It becomes very annoying to read someone who sounds like a character out of a 1980s fraternity house B-Movie:

"Also there is a fork called Bongo now, were they are doing some great work, so I guess Hula will live on through both of that."

Moderation be damned. I have seen nothing good come from Nat and Miguel's involvement with the Linux desktop. They are self-important luminaries in their own minds.

Damn shame what they are doing to the face of the linux desktop and damn shame that Novell has allowed them to run amok.

Edited 2007-04-02 00:48

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