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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There linux revenue is up 20% year-over-year, which sounds impressive, but still only amounts to $10M....Novell paid $210M cash for Suse, and an undisclosed but likely much lower amount for Ximian.

Just think how many years it will take to recoup that investment.

Given that they allowed many of the core Suse people to flee in disgust

They've lost an awful lot of their own people like Chris Stone and Alan Nugent as well. Both those guys left in strange circumstances, and just seem to have been forced out. Juergen Geck was a very highly respected CTO at Suse by all accounts, particularly by the people Suse worked with at IBM and he seemed to have a good handle on where things would be in a few years' time - grounded in reality. Contrast that with Novell's new CTO Jeffrey Jaffe, who seems to be picking up every soundbite thrown off the back of a lorry (truck) - and blogging about it.

In short, they've lost all the good people who could have got them out of this sorry mess.

and given that they continue to pour so many of their resources into mono

If Mono is going to be the development technology that will enable Novell to write the applications and graphical tools they need without sapping away resources, then fine - all religious issues and technical dislikes put aside. However, they're going to have to have a whole division pouring developers, time, money and resources into developing and maintaining it just to make it good enough for Novell internally to use, let alone third-party ISVs.

Looking at how much Microsoft has to pour into maintaining and developing .Net you would have to say that Novell maintaining their own version is a non-starter. Certainly, no one like IBM, Red Hat or Sun is interested. What they need is to use development technology maintained in a real community, or partner with another company.

Even being generous and considering OES utilizes Suse but is recognized seperately

I think few people have any idea of what OES is. Is it Linux? Is it Netware? Which one am I supposed to be using Novell? People have better things to do than choose kernels.

Don't forget that last year Messman was predicting this would be the year Novell knocked out Microsoft on the desktop.

As Novell have been saying for a good two years now, which they seem to have picked up from Ximian who were saying it a good three years before Novell. I think it's done no end of harm to the general perception of desktop Linux, which in many unpublicised places, is doing a good job for people.

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