Former Caldera chief executive officer Ransom Love has been appointed to the board of directors of Progeny Linux Systems.
Love spent eight years with Caldera before leaving the Linux industry in June 2002.
Love engineered Caldera's acquisition of the Santa Cruz Operation's (SCO) Unix properties, but it was not until after his departure that Caldera changed its name to the SCO Group and embarked on its multibillion-dollar lawsuit with IBM.
The former Caldera chief executive officer was hired because of his experience running Caldera, where he spearheaded the creation of the UnitedLinux consortium, said Ian Murdock, Progeny's chairman and chief strategist.
UnitedLinux has not been a success, but Murdock hoped that with Novell's recent acquisition of SuSE Linux, there might now be an opportunity to create a meaningful Linux standard for business, and that Love, a former Novell employee with experience in Linux standardisation, might help make that possible.
Having Love on the board might lend some valuable business experience to the company, said Dan Kuznetsky, an analyst with research firm IDC.
However, Kusnetzky was doubtful that Love could help the Novell relationship, pointing out that Novell's management had changed significantly since his tenure there.
But Kusnetzky thought the appointment of Love would, ultimately, benefit Progeny.
"Ransom has had experience in running a Linux company to the point where it became the number three Linux company in the world," he said. "That is very useful experience for a small up-and-coming company.
Robert McMillan writes for IDG News Service