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01.09.10

Ximian Founder Quits Novell

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Mono, Novell at 7:02 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Nat Friedman says goodbye to Novell, but the Microsoft/Mono damage he put inside the company is there to stay

ANOTHER Friedman quits Novell (we wrote about the previous one last year). He is the (co-)founder of Ximian, the motor behind Mono.

Here is some coverage from Linux Magazine (also in [1, 2, 3]):

How long this will take is unclear, but he plans a startup in the US when they get back.

What area/s will this involve? He was at Microsoft back in the days when he met Miguel de Icaza, who is now on Microsoft's board of the CodePlex Foundation. Miguel’s bad friends (notably the boy who wept) are still smearing Stallman by distorting what he said and pranks aside, de Icaza carries on promoting Moonlight, which helps Microsoft of course. They are even bringing it closer to kernel space. David Reveman, a Novell employee, adds pixel shading.

David Reveman has just posted a fascinating patch that debuts the support of pixel shaders in Moonlight.

Clearly there are higher priorities for GNU/Linux on the desktop. Why is Novell so preoccupied with Microsoft Moonlight? Maybe because that’s where Novell's income comes from.

“[The partnership with Microsoft is] going very well insofar as we originally agreed to co-operate on three distinct projects and now we’re working on nine projects and there’s a good list of 19 other projects that we plan to co-operate on.”

Ron Hovsepian, Novell CEO

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