June 26, 2004
Novell: Fighting Microsoft's FUD machine
"Novell's acquisition of open-source start-up Ximian almost a year ago marked a turning point for the networking giant. The rise and rise of Linux, together with some savvy management by newly appointed chief executive Jack Messman, offered the side-lined firm a much needed toe-hold back into the big league. Snapping up Ximian, a provider of desktop and network management software for Linux and Unix, followed closely by the SuSE Linux distribution, at a stroke put the former proprietary provider into the bosom of the open-source community."