By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2005-05-09 Print this article Print

Stacey Quandt, an analyst at the Robert Frances Group, agreed, saying Seibt was an IBM veteran and was brought in when IBM, Intel Corp. and others were funding SuSE as a private company. In fact, the acquisition of SuSE by Novell "brought SuSE much-needed cash to expand its business and credibility to Novell in the open-source marketplace," she said. "Subsequent to Novell buying SuSE, Seibt went on to head Novell EMEA. His departure is unlikely to have a material effect on Novell/SuSE," Quandt said. But some in the open-source and Linux community are concerned about the loss of three key Linux executives in a relatively short time frame. Stone, who was an executive at Novell since March 2002, is regarded as the primary force behind the companys push into Linux and open-source software, as well as its acquisitions of Ximian Inc. and SuSE Linux.
Some say Stones departure weakened Novells open-source commitment. "I was very disappointed to see Chris leave. It seems that [Novell chairman and CEO Jack] Messman will now take over Chris role as the person who is not only the public face of Novell, but to the open-source community," said a senior software executive involved in the open-source community, who requested anonymity.
"I think his loss is going to impact Novell tremendously. This is a community, and trust is gained, not just given. ... Jack [Messman] is not someone we really know," he said. Click here for more on how Stones exit has affected Novell. Stones departure was followed in March—just days before the kickoff of Novells annual BrainShare user conference—by the news that another key Linux sponsor, CTO Alan Nugent, was leaving the company. Nugent then joined Computer Associates International Inc., where he is leading the companys Unicenter business. eWEEK was the first to report in October 2002 that Novell was looking to embrace Linux across its product and service lines, based on an interview with Nugent, who was a pivotal player in the companys Linux and open-source strategy. One source said Seibt is likely to take some time off before accepting another position, and that he might move away from a hands-on, day-to-day "operational"-type position toward a position such as a company chairman. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analy-sis.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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