Suse Linux Founder Exits Novell

Suse Linux founder, and kernel maintainer for more then a decade, Hubert Mantel has announced his resignation from Novell. “Too late for me. I just decided to leave Suse/Novell, this is no longer the company I founded 13 years ago.” were his parting words. Novell has a terrible history of wasted opportunity with technically superior products, but poor marketing. I held high hopes for them this time, but with this news along with the layoffs and other high profile departures, one has to wonder. I think the following comment is extremely telling: “I have been the maintainer of the Suse kernel for more than a decade now,” Mantel wrote. “I'm very confident the Novell management will find a competent successor very quickly. After all, there are lots of extremely skilled people over there in the Ximian division.” Clearly there is more to this story. Does it have to do with the recent KDE announcement? Does it have to do with a different internal struggle that was lost by the Suse division? Hard to tell at this point, but the recent grumblings I've heard about “being noising” gaining more ground within the company than “being correct” may have some basis. Please Novell, don't screw this up. Having two solid Enterprise distributions is critical. Companies learned a lesson with Microsoft, and they don't want to be beholden to a single company anymore. I'd guess we'll hear more details and see more fallout from this turn of events quite soon.
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One Response to Suse Linux Founder Exits Novell

  1. Anonymous says:

    I am not sure why exactly this has occurred; something related to the 600 job cuts just recently? Either way, I would just like to second your opinion Jeremy, please guys, don't screw anything up. I'd also like to extend a hearty thanks to Hubert Mantel. Kudos for all the much appreciated work. Hope he sticks with us and finds his place somewhere else.
    Pascal Klein

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