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Novell Rejected GNU/Linux a Decade Ago

While Wikipedia provides some solid background on Novell, nothing beats a few lesser-known facts. In a new article titled "Nine things you don’t know about Novell" you will find an interesting nugget of information.

7. When did Novell first start tinkering with Linux?

As early as 1994, with the launch of the Corsair skunkworks project at Novell. Corsair was a project to create a desktop metaphor to compete with Windows. When then-president of Novell Ray Noorda retired and Robert Frankenburg took over, Frankenburg cut out many of Novell’s unofficial products. A number of employees, dissatisfied with the decision to abandon their project, left Novell and founded Caldera with funding from Noorda.


Let us see if this time, for a change, Novell is pressured to leave GNU/Linux, or maybe even finds what Bruce Perens hyptothesises is an exit strategy (from Free software as we know it).

NetworkWorld has another article that's derived from the main story, which makes a good read.

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