Novell eyes role of Linux champion

Conference delegates told how vendor wants to be the 'catalyst' for desktop Linux.

Novell will be the "catalyst" for desktop and enterprise Linux, according to its chairman and chief executive Jack Messman.

Messman told the 1,200 delegates attending the company's Brainshare Europe event how the company will embrace open source.

He said that Novell's acquisition of Ximian last month showed that it is approaching open source in the right way, and that Novell's "ecosystem", including worldwide distribution, would be thrown behind Linux.

"Desktop Linux is seen by many in this industry as the next big thing. Novell intends to be a catalyst in this development," said Messman.

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