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WideOpenNews: Novell Asks Community's Advice

Nov 19, 1999, 15:41 (2 Talkback[s])

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"Before Novell decided to embrace open source, it took pains to make sure leaders of the open source community were intimately involved. Kris Magnusson, Novell's open source champion, made the rounds with open source heavyweights all the way up to Linus Torvalds himself, who advised that the company craft a process for supporting the open source community."

"The company also sought advice from outfits such as Mozilla and IBM, who had already put drafted open source licenses of their own. "They told us what failed and what succeeded," said Dave Shirk, vice president for product marketing at Novell."

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