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08 January 2010, 10:36

Novell lose Open Source CTSO as Nat Friedman leaves

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Nat Friedman, co-founder of Ximian and Chief Technology and Strategy Officer for Open Source at Novell has announced in a blog posting that he has quit. Friedman, who co-founded Ximinan with Miguel de Icaza in 1999, joined Novell in 2003 when the company acquired Ximian. Since then he has headed up Novell's open source strategy

In his announcement, Friedman says that since he has recently married, and his latest project, SUSE Studio is out of the door, he felt it was "a natural breaking point and time for something new". He plans to spend 2010 travelling the world with his wife and looking for volunteering opportunities. One project that Friedman has already started work on is Hacker Medley, a podcast "for curious hackers".

In December Novell was reorganised, with the Open Platform Solutions division being merged into a new "Security, Management and Operating Platforms" unit, headed up by Jim Ebzery who was senior vice president for the company's Identity and Security Management unit.


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