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SUSE Chief Moved to Novell Job

SUSE Chief Moved to Novell Job

SUSE boss Richard Seibt has evidently gotten his reward. He's going to run Novell EMEA as president as Novell transitions to a Linux house. The post's former occupant, Gerard Van Kemmel, has been made chairman of Novell EMEA.

Richard, an ex-IBMer, has control of day-to-day operations. Gerard is supposed help with strategy and developing relationships with government agencies, large system integrators and strategic customers. One might wonder how long this arrangement will last.

According to a canned statement attributed to Novell CEO Jack Messman, the Richard move is supposed to show Novell's commitment to open source and Linux.

SUSE, a Novell business unit since it got bought, has been turned over to Markus Rex, the guy who was SUSE's VP of R&D until this apotheosis.

Rex will be general manager and will report directly to Novell vice-chairman Chris Stone. Rex is supposed to develop the SUSE properties - from desktop to server - and deliver other Novell units a complete Linux solution stack. There's no mention of the unit having other responsibilities.

Meanwhile, Novell is offering new certifications to promote Linux adoption. One offers a Professional certificate in SUSE and the other one is a Certified Linux Engineer program.

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