Suse founder quits Novell
The founder of the Suse Linux distributor has left Novell. Heinrich Mantel has quit the company nearly two years after it was taken over by the US networking company.
In an emailed letter to a Suse mailing list, Mantel wrote, ‘I just decided to leave Suse/Novell. This is no longer the company I founded 13 years ago.’
The departure of Mantel represents the third member of the Suse management team to have left this year following the acquisition by Novell in January 2004. In May, the former Suse president and Novell EMEA president Richard Seibt left his post and last month the Novell EMEA and Suse vice president of partner sales and services Petra Heinrich also quit.
Earlier this month Novell announced a major restructuring of the company in a bid to cut costs by $110 million a year. Although Novell said that it would focus its attention on the Linux and Open Source market the cuts would mean job losses of around 600 employees representing 10 per cent of the work force worldwide.
It is not clear whether Mantel’s departure is linked to the restructuring although the timing suggests that it had a bearing on his decision.