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Novell layoffs rumored to be in the works

Matt Asay writes the following on the CNET Blog:

Word on the street is that Novell will be laying off 50-60% of its Workgroup division this month, likely toward the middle. This is not surprising given that division's lackluster results, but the rumor mill suggests that Workgroup isn't the only business unit that will be affected.

I'm no fan of Novell, but I hate layoffs. I'm sincerely sorry to see this happening. The good news, however, is that there are much better companies to work for out there. Like all of them. :-)

Just ask Greg Collier. He left Novell a year or two ago to join Mozy/Berkley Data Systems, which was bought by EMC recently. Or Chris Stone, now CEO of Streamserve. Or John Vigeant who left Novell and joined XenSource (you know what happened next). Or Charlie Martin who is now sitting at MuleSource. Chris Cooper (my old boss) left to be a VC with UV Partners. Bill Mason went to Red Hat and is now at Zmanda. Etc.

Life won't end for these people. It will actually begin. I'm happy to introduce you to good open-source startups. There are plenty, and they need good people. Novell shedding bodies won't turn the company around. Shedding its legacy just might.

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Published Saturday, October 06, 2007 6:53 PM by David Marshall
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