"Novell's Jack Messman might be one of the last honest
businessmen, unafraid to change his mind and his company's
direction, but never afraid to tell the truth when he discovers it.
On the other hand, he simply might not be able to remember what his
company's marketing message was just a few years ago. I'm betting
on the latter.
"Messman gave the keynote address to the recent LinuxWorld
Conference in Boston. It's been suggested, by the way, that the
conference was moved from New York to Beantown at the behest of
Novell, based in nearby Waltham, and after Messman and Co. plunked
down a chunk of money to ease the transition from the Big
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