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Novell deal yields dividends - for Red Hat

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A "sizeable number" of developers have jumped ship from Novell to Red Hat, according to Scott Crenshaw, the senior director for product management and marketing at Red Hat.

Crenshaw wasn't able to provide specific numbers but said many Samba developers were among those who had made the move. Chief Samba eveloper, Jeremy Allison, left Novell some months back and moved over to Google, in protest against the deal which saw Novell get into bed with Microsoft.

"A sizeable number of high-quality people have left Novell", Crenshaw said from Singapore yesterday afternoon, while discussing the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, a release that has placed a great deal of emphasis on virtualisation.

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