One of the classic quotes to emerge from of the tech industry in recent times has come from Maarten Koster, the newly-appointed president of Novell Asia-Pacific. Related stories * Nokia launches 3 phones… er… multimedia computers at CES * Gates’ CES 2007 speech: why do we put up with it? * Microsoft’s Patch Tues(half)day * New Seamless S-XGen UMPC is not a UMPC at all, but a major disappointment * Microsoft and Ford bring the ‘Sync’ to the car Just as a momentous year was drawing to a close, Koster, in an interview with ZDNet, described Novell as a “mixed-source” company. Not a commercial or license-based company – Koster used Microsoft as an example of that breed. Not an open source company – no, Red Hat was that kind of beast, said Koster.
“After three years of owning a GNU/Linux company, where has Novell taken it? Nowhere, it would appear. If anything, judging by where it sits in the community, it has gone backwards.”