Novell CEO Embraces Open Source
In his LinuxWorld keynote, Novell CEO Jack Messman sounded very much like a believer in the open-source way as he prepares to transform Novell into not just a Linux company, but an open-source one as well.NEW YORKNovell Inc.s Linux coming out party at LinuxWorld here was rained on by The SCO Group Inc.s copyright lawsuit, but CEO Jack Messman didnt let that stop him in the opening keynote speech from making Novells moment in the sun bright. Ignoring SCOs lawsuit, Messman, wearing a SuSE pin, declared, "2004 will be the year that Linux goes mainstream on the enterprise server and the desktop [will] soon follow." The fact "that Im here doing the keynote is an important message in itself," he added. "It shows that a traditional 20-year-old enterprise software company can embrace the open-source model."
Indeed, Messman thinks open source will become "the dominant model for enterprise software." He emphasized that Novell will "not seek to change the open-source model, but will embrace the open-source model. Novell will marry its understanding of enterprise software and open source." After all, he added, Novell is wagering its billion-dollar future on Linux and open source.