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Novell SA chief quits to join Google

By   |  July 27, 2007

Novell South Africa’s Stafford Masie is leaving the Linux vendor to head up the local Google operation, reports ITWeb.

Masie has led the Soth African Novell office for the past four years and has been a key figure in the Linux strategy adopted by Novell globally.

Masie told ITWeb that he will "be heading up Google’s operations in SA as of 3 September, more than that I cannot say. Google will issue a formal statement soon," he said.

Google’s chairman and CEO, Eric Schmidt, was recruited in 2001 by Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin from Novell, where he was chairman and CEO.

Masie spent four years at Novell corporate headquarters in Utah, where he was involved in developing the strategy that saw Novell acquire Linux innovator Ximian and SuSe Linux in 2003, and become a Linux company.

Returning to South Africa in 2003 to head up Novell’s local office, Masie has been a key, and outspoken, figure in the open source and Linux movement in the country.


6 Responses to “Novell SA chief quits to join Google”

  1. novell emp
    July 27th, 2007 @ 12:00 am

    I work here and I never heard of the guy. Must be important.

  2. Jonathan
    July 27th, 2007 @ 12:00 am

    \”Masie has been a key, and outspoken, figure in the open source and Linux movement in the country.\”

    How exactly has Masie been a key figure in the open source movement locally?

  3. James Stewart
    July 30th, 2007 @ 12:00 am

    Watch out Microsoft! I can\’t wait to see what Google will do locally…if they\’re going to be as active as they are where I live (UK)…it\’ll be interesting to watch. SA has a large emerging emerging enterprise base (i\’m an expat) and what Google has to offer should resonate hugely over there! Go Stafford…smart move! (P.S. Hopefully you don\’t have to do the same balancing act that you had to at Novell with the Msft partnership…with Google\’s privacy issues)

  4. Sally
    July 30th, 2007 @ 12:00 am

    Google \”Stafford Masie\” and you\’ll see more. I must be honest…I did \”google\” him this morning and some of the FOSS links surprised me. Listened to him defend the Microsoft/Novell partnership…which I\’m not supportive of… Note: Called a friend who works for a company that partners with Novell SA…word has it that he actually left cause he was opposed to the partnership but couldn\’t say so in public. Alas, the rumour mill starts churning 😉

  5. Sally
    July 30th, 2007 @ 12:00 am

    Geez..under which rock have you been hiding? Have you heard about FNB going Suse Linux for all their branches? I will agree that he has been quiet for the past few months (now we know why) but what he\’s done for Linux in the past 3 years has been tremendous! I\’d say he\’s more about enterprise OSS than about pushing the broader community in South Africa…but hey…we need those enterprises to migrate!

  6. Amit
    August 4th, 2007 @ 12:00 am

    hey, thats great, microsoft surely walk carefully in future & rethink on its rivals. Google is increasing in each & every area of computers now it also introduces in mobile market.which is dominated by windows mobile.

    be careful.

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