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ComputerWorld: Q&A: New Novell COO Stewart Nelson

Feb 14, 2000, 15:51 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dominique Deckmyn)

"Stewart Nelson takes over day-to-day management of Novell Inc. at a particularly challenging time - only days before Microsoft Corp. rolls out Windows 2000 and Active Directory, and in the midst of a surge in interest in the upstart Linux operating system."

"[ComputerWorld:] Do you feel you are being sandwiched between NT and Linux?

["Nelson:] No, I don't. No. 1, we're not flat. Look at our financial statements for the last three quarters. I think (Linux) is to our advantage and not Microsoft's, and I'll tell you why. The fact that the world is going more and more heterogeneous is good for Novell. Because (our Net Services strategy) is a strategy that puts our products and services on all platforms, or at least the four major platforms.

Microsoft's strategy is quite different. They're dependent on NT being pretty much everywhere. It just ain't gonna happen. People are going to run Linux, Solaris, NetWare 4, NetWare 5, they're going to run NT and Windows 2000. Our strategy is to come in and tie all that chaos together."

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