Attachmate CEO seeks to reassure nervous Novell customers, partners

Attachmate CEO seeks to reassure nervous Novell customers, partners

Summary: Attachmate's CEO insists that his company is committed to SUSE Linux and open source --not a quick sale.In an interview with an opensuse Community manager at Novell,  Jeff Hawn acknowledges that Attachmate has no experience in the open source business.

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Attachmate's CEO insists that his company is committed to SUSE Linux and open source --not a quick sale.
In an interview with an opensuse Community manager at Novell,  Jeff Hawn acknowledges that Attachmate has no experience in the open source business. He maintains that his company aims to grow the Linux business. Yet declined to answer a direct question about whether he intends to sell SUSE.
SUSE will be run as a unit within Attachmate. and all important open source projects will continue to be supported by the company, Hawn said.
Hawn wrote an open letter to Novell customers and partners on Dec 15 to alleviate concerns, though he offered little in the way of specifics due to SEC rules about pending mergers. He noted that SUSE product development schedules will remain on track.
 

 

 

"Attachmate is committed to delivering quality products, providing exceptional  customer service, and being easy to do business with," Hawn wrote in that letter. "We are excited about the opportunity to make these same commitments to Novell customers after closing. To ensure that we do so, Attachmate will support the existing roadmaps and release schedules for products across the Novell and SUSE portfolios."

Topics: Operating Systems, Linux, Open Source, Software

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  • Historical evidence suggest otherwise

    Attachmate have a history of buying technology businesses and selling them off. According to these guys that what they did with On Demand: http://blog.whitestratus.com/novell-groupwise-google-apps-migration/

    Is it time to Go Google?
    anthony.chesterfield
  • has no experience in the open source business

    >has no experience in the open source business

    Linux newbs with Microsoft backing... oh yeah, this is
    caaaaant go badly.
    zeke123
    • RE: Attachmate CEO seeks to reassure nervous Novell customers, partners

      @zeke123
      Please explain Linux newbs with Microsoft backing?
      daikon
  • RE: Attachmate CEO seeks to reassure nervous Novell customers, partners

    Such weasel words and faux assurances are typical just before some kind of change coming that they don't want focussed on yet. It's typical, in fact.
    twayner