CEO Messman apologises for Linux comment

CEO Messman apologises for Linux comment

Novell chairman and CEO, Jack Messman, has issued a written apology and clarification after angering some members of the Linux community when he called Linux “immature”.

Talking about Novell’s decision to use Linux as the migration path of the future for its flagship NetWare network operating system, Messman called it “immature” because it “hasn’t had somebody like Novell worrying about making it robust, reliable and scalable for very much time. We think we can bring that to the Linux kernel.”

Now Messman has apparently had a change of heart. In a posting on the Linux Weekly News Web site, he said he regretted some of his remarks.

“Clearly Novell wouldn’t be taking this bold step if we didn’t feel Linux was a solid operating system with tremendous momentum in the marketplace. In fact, we believe Linux is quite stable and scalable. If we didn’t, we would not commit to using it with our NetWare 7.0 release,” he said.

“Novell wouldn’t be spending the tremendous time, money and resources to make this strategy a reality if we didn’t believe in the present and future of Linux.”

A Novell spokesman, Shawn Dickerson, said Messman’s apology came after company officials read the published interview and realised his remarks didn’t reflect the company’s real position on support of Linux.

Dickerson said Novell officials did see some online posts from members of the Linux community that were critical of Messman’s statements, but that the apology came independently of those criticisms.

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