Why Did SuSE Linux's Founder Resign From Novell?

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When SuSE Linux founder Hubert Mantel announced his resignation from Novell last week, he became the third former SuSE executive to leave in the past six months. There was much speculation as to why Mantel left, which was sparked, in part, by the manner of his leaving. He announced his resignation via a Linux e-mail discussion list, claiming that SuSE had changed so much it was no longer the company he had founded 13 years before.

The immediate speculation centered around a cultural or personality clash between the folks from SuSE and those from another Novell acquisition, Ximian.

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