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Globe and Mail: Novell Fixates on Microsoft Fight

Jun 29, 2006, 16:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Kapica)

"The sudden departure of Novell Inc.'s chief executive officer, Jack Messman, is an uncharacteristic move for the quiet software giant, underlining its desire to mount a more aggressive challenge to Microsoft Corp.'s domination of the business desktop.

"The writing had been on the wall for Mr. Messman and chief financial officer Joseph Tibbetts since the release of Novell's disappointing quarterly results on May 31, which drove shares down 22 per cent in three weeks. Chairman Thomas Plaskett was quick to say that naming sales specialist Ron Hovsepian as CEO last week wasn't a rethinking of Novell's acquisition of SUSE Linux, which Mr. Messman engineered in 2004--it was because the strategy around the open-source operating system wasn't paying off fast enough..."

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