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Novell set to lose yet another Linux head

Antony Savvas

The chief operating officer of Novell’s Suse Linux group is the latest senior manager set to leave the company.

Amnon Harman, COO of the German-headquartered division, is believed to be planning to leave the company this August, according to reports.

Novell has refused to confirm or deny his departure. Earlier this week, it was announced that Novell’s chief technology officer for Linux was also leaving the Suse Linux operation.

CTO Juergen Geck is leaving the company today as Novell continues to restructure and re-focus its Linux efforts. Geck’s departure follows the departure of Suse Linux co-founder Hubert Mantel, who left Novell last November.

Novell bought Suse Linux to kick-start its major move into the open source Linux market.

Jeffrey Jaffe has been appointed CTO of the overall Novell group and will oversee future Linux development. Novell said Geck’s departure was amicable. It is not known where Geck is moving to.

At Novell’s Brainshare user conference earlier this month, Novell said its existing legacy Netware operating system users would have support up to 2012.

Netware users had feared they would be forced to adopt purely Linux-based alternatives from the company, as the supplier expands its Linux-based server platform range.

 


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