"Say what you will about Novell CEO Jack Messman--and believe
me, many people are these days--he's no dummy. Maybe it's for the
good of Novell or maybe just to save his own neck, but since early
September when Blum Capital and Credit Suisse First Boston went
public with their gripes that the former railroad exec was fumbling
Novell's golden opportunity to be the Red Hat challenger, he has
been making big conciliatory moves fast.
"First there was a whole new Messman at Novell's annual
BrainShare conference. Analysts said he was more open and
cooperative than they'd ever seen him..."