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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But the user base won't come unless there is the software there for them to use, thus you're stuck in a chicken before the egg scenario.

The userbase gets built up little by little. At first there is no third party software, but through giving a good quality distribution away for free that does a good job for many people the userbase is ever so gradually built up to the point where ISVs sit up and take notice. It's important to have the right infrastructure in place for when that happens. Things then snowball from there.

It's a very gradual process, and it's not some big bang, overnight storming enterprise and corporate success story. That's the point there.

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