Nat Friedman scoops technologist award

By   |  October 26, 2006

VARBusiness Magazine has named Nat Friedman, Novell’s chief technology and strategy officer for open source, as its first ever Technologist of the Year. Friedman was honored for innovation in Novell’s most recent desktop Linux offering, SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10.

“It’s a tremendous honor to receive this award, but this was a group effort. I am proud to share this honor not only with our team of great engineers at Novell, including the SUSE team, but also the open source community that has built the Linux desktop and supported our own innovative contributions,” said Friedman. “SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 is a perfect example of how corporate contributions can drive innovation in the open source world. The real winners, of course, are the customers who can now get a secure, reliable desktop and cutting-edge features, all at one-tenth the cost of proprietary desktops.”

“Innovative technologies always start with innovative individuals, so we decided this year, for the first time, to honor a technologist of the year, rather than simply technologies and products. Innovations like what we’ve seen from Nat Friedman demonstrate the vibrancy and vitality of the industry,” says VARBusiness Editor Lawrence M. Walsh. “They represent breakthroughs that will benefit our solution-provider readers and, in turn, the users of technology.”

Both a developer and an entrepreneur, Friedman cofounded Ximian, Inc. in 1999, which was acquired by Novell in 2003. Since joining Novell, he has served as development lead over the company’s Linux desktop efforts, and today helps to craft the company’s overall strategy and technology vision for Linux.

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