Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd Jun 2006 14:09 UTC, submitted by Flatline
Novell and Ximian Novell's board of directors on Thursday named Ron Hovsepian CEO and president to replace Jack Messman, and ousted the company's chief financial officer. In a conference call on Thursday, company executives said the changes were made to accelerate the growth at Novell, which has had disappointing financial results, particularly in its Linux business.
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mixed source
by butters on Thu 22nd Jun 2006 19:14 UTC
butters
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2005-07-08

In a world where it is usually more successful to be consistent than to be correct, this concept of "mixed source" has as much chance at building a strong image as flip-flopping did for John Kerry. If you are committed to proprietary software, like Microsoft is, for example, than you have nothing to lose by throwing a bone to the FOSS community (i.e. "Shared Source"). But if you are a company that is basing its future on OSS, you cannot afford to mince words. You must be strong and unwavering in your support of OSS and make a committment to open source every internally developed software that is unencumbered. Mixed source implies that we have another leech in the FOSS ecosystem.

Jack Messman is 66 years old, and I doubt he feels slighted by this move. If he is being terminated for any particular shortcoming it was that he didn't initiate the transition to Linux-based platforms until NT had fully crushed Netware. I'm not sure that Novell could have been more aggressive in their transitional strategy once it began, and you could succesfully defend the argument that they made mistakes primarily because they moved too aggressively. They overpaid for SUSE (you could argue that they didn't really need to buy a distribution at all because they already had name recognition), they bought an aggressive OSS firm (Ximian) that had a natural disagreement with the newly acquired SUSE, and they created a marketing strategy that tries to migrate whole businesses rather than helping them migrate piece by piece.

I wouldn't overlook the possibility that this new guy is trying to position Novell for acquisition or even one of those "leveraged buy-outs," given he was groomed by the master, Lou Gerstner.

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RE: mixed source
by kaiwai on Fri 23rd Jun 2006 09:41 in reply to "mixed source"
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2005-07-06

I wouldn't overlook the possibility that this new guy is trying to position Novell for acquisition or even one of those "leveraged buy-outs," given he was groomed by the master, Lou Gerstner.

Ah, old Lou, what a bloody idiot he was; ran Nabisco into the ground; was the number one biscuit company in the US, by the time he left, it was bought up by Kraft, who was number 3 when Lou originally took over - so indebted, Nabisco sold off assets, in the case of New Zealand, Griffins was sold to the French food group, Danone.

Lou, yet another over rated MBA halfwitt, who could take the most successful companies in the world, and run their down into the toilet.

IBM is *just* recovering after Lou start killing of R&D, hardware development, product development and all those bloody annoying things that result in real product and services being delivered.

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