We Want Linux to Win: Q&A with Novell CEO, Ron Hovsepian

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Novell’s annual user event, BrainShare, took place this week in Salt Lake City, Utah. President and CEO, Ron Hovsepian sat down with Linux Magazine’s Bryan Richard to talk about patent protection, responding to customers, and competing with Red Hat.

[Linux Magazine] One of the things that I think I’m going to take away from talking with your executives this week is that, from Novell’s perspective, working with Microsoft as a partner is no different than working with any other vendor that sells a competing product.

[Ron Hovsepian] Absolutely. That’s something that gets lost because of who we’re working with in this case. But from our point of view this is no different than us having a partnership with IBM on Linux but competing with them on identity [management]. That’s how I see it when I look at this as a business venture.

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