11.06.07

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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8 Comments

  1. James Maybach said,

    November 7, 2007 at 1:31 am

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    Seibt left Novell in 2005 –
    you guys are really up to date!

  2. Anonymous said,

    November 7, 2007 at 2:22 am

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    David Patrick left early 2006, about the “quietly”: http://www.linuxinsider.com/story/49676.html

    > you guys are really up to date!

    James – you don’t take this site as reliable or accurate, right? :-)

  3. Roy Schestowitz said,

    November 7, 2007 at 2:52 am

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    To be fair, I did not know (nor did I argue) that they left after the deal with Microsoft. In fact, I explicitly said (wrote): “…but it doesn’t say when. Admittedly, this may have happened quite some time ago.”

    There are examples of more previous departures appended, including one which indicates there’s a trend.

  4. Roy Schestowitz said,

    November 11, 2007 at 11:56 pm

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    Note:

    Poster “Anonymous” comes from 217.226.35.127

    “James Maybach” posted from 217.226.30.210

    It seems likely that it is the same person replying to himself (or a colleague).

    See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sockpuppet_%28Internet%29

  5. James Maybach said,

    November 12, 2007 at 6:21 pm

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    Serious investigation here! Two out of 14 million customers of one of the largest european ISPs already make sockpuppets. OTOH again that gives a pretty good picture about the overall quality of this site.

  6. Roy Schestowitz said,

    November 12, 2007 at 6:50 pm

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    Here is an example of one person using 3 different identities in the comments in order to attack the messenger.

  7. James Maybach said,

    November 13, 2007 at 2:04 am

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    Glad you acknowledge the deduction here being anchorless

  8. Ashanti Robinson said,

    January 16, 2008 at 1:48 pm

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    Novell can suck my dick(if I had one) :^P

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