01.12.08

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Do-No-Evil Saturday – Part I: Another Look Into Novell’s Past Glory

Posted in Boycott Novell at 6:20 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Ray Noorda’s generous donations were mentioned here in the past. He deserves high praises for his work at Novell (he would never trust Microsoft). Here is another large donation for a good cause in Orem. It comes from Ray’s wife.

Utah Valley State College announced a generous donation Monday that will enable the school to improve theater opportunities for children.

[...]

Tye Noorda, who made the donation in honor of her late husband, former Novell CEO Ray Noorda, also has a vision of an engaged community. She would like those involved at the Theatre Center to work in cooperation with other regional centers for the arts in order to create a place for the community — especially youths — to participate in the performing arts.

“Almost everyone has to get up and speak in front of a group at some point,” Noorda said. “It makes a difference if that person is confident and can stand up and give a speech that’s good enough and organized enough to get their point across. People will listen.”

[...]

“Our students will reap tremendous benefits from the engaged teaching and learning that will be at the heart of the Noorda Theatre Center,” Debenham said.

Nostalgic screenshots of GroupWise appear in this new little article.

GroupWise supports a wide variety of mail systems as well as Novell’s NDS directory. Text-to-speech and speech-to-wave files let mobile users hear and create e-mail by telephone. Although entirely revamped, GroupWise stems back to WordPerfect Office, acquired by Novell in 1994.

Novell’s pride in Schmidt was perhaps short-lived (some would say it never existed), but he is still doing fairly well at Google. His past career and years at Novell are not forgotten. Here is an article from USA Today.

The study’s weakness is that it’s a look in the rearview mirror and may not best reflect today’s leadership factories. The companies that groomed today’s CEOs did so in decades past. Google’s (GOOG) CEO, Eric Schmidt, came from Novell (NOVL) by way of Sun Microsystems (JAVA).

Here is another one.

The study’s weakness is that it’s a look in the rearview mirror and may not best reflect today’s leadership factories. The companies that groomed today’s CEOs did so in decades past. Google’s CEO, Eric Schmidt, came from Novell by way of Sun Microsystems. But Baxter International in the 1990s was the CEO farm system for today’s biotech industry, so Google could well be grooming the tech CEOs of tomorrow, says Joe Moglia, CEO of TD Ameritrade, who became a Merrill Lynch trainee after 16 years as a football coach.

This is more of a history lesson, as oppose to Novell-related news.

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