Some of Novell’s Recent Departures

Posted in Novell at 9:08 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Richard Seibt seems to have found a new role, which is possibly just a casual or part-time occupation. Regardless, he is no longer involved with Novell, based on the following new bit of text.

Richard Seibt currently focuses on Open Source projects and serves as an Advisor to Open-Xchange, Inc. Previously, Richard served as CEO of SUSE Linux as well as President of Novell Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), where he was responsible for leading all aspects of Novell’s operations in EMEA.

David Patrick seems to have quietly left, but it doesn’t say when. Admittedly, this may have happened quite some time ago.

In conjunction with the funding, Xkoto named David Patrick as the company’s new CEO. Patrick was previously vice president and general manager of Waltham-based Novell Inc., which he joined in 2003 as part of Novell’s acquisition of Boston-based Ximian Inc., where Patrick was president and CEO.

It remains interesting to see the movement of high-profile figures at Novell. Quite a few of them left some time in the past year. The list below is very incomplete, but it gives a sample of stories we have covered.

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Quick Mention: Novell Branch Closes Down

Posted in Asia, Novell at 2:24 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Shortly after major reorganisations in India, Novell closes down its branch in Israel as well.

Novell Israel Software Ltd. has been operating for 12 years, and its activity will be transferred to REL Ltd., the company’s local distributor.

We are yet to see if rumours about 1,100 jobs being axed are true.

Quick Mention: Is Microsoft Walking Away from OOXML?

Posted in ECMA, Microsoft, Office Suites, Open XML, Standard at 12:31 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Recall the earlier post about Microsoft not committing to even its own proprietary ‘standards’. Now, read the following article from CIO.com, which is a reputable source.

Whither OOXML?


Strangely, however, Microsoft appears to be soft-pedaling its own standard. At GOSCON last week there was a panel on document formats, with reps from IBM, Sun, Adobe, and Microsoft present. Each of the company representatives got to speak for five minutes and present his company’s perspective on document formats.

In his presentation, Matusow appeared to be backing away from OOXML as a key technology. If you look at the slide he presented …

…you can see that the positioning now is that the tool is key, and the document format secondary, which, to my mind, is a bizarre assertion, although it’s one that aligns with a positioning that, above all, must keep Microsoft’s tools in a predominate position.

It appears to me that, having realized that the force-feeding of OOXML into an international standards body is problematic, Microsoft is now trying to present a soft TCO story which emphasizes sunk costs and pre-existing product versions as a reason to stay on the Microsoft path, along with an incomprehensible assertion that two document standards would be a good thing (this last is the most oddball position of all; how can anyone state with a straight face that the world would be well-served by having two incompatible editable file formats?).

OOXML is a monopoly

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