Martin Buckley quits Novell over 'certain principles' (UPDATE)

Matt Asay says the well-respected product manager's departure may be a harbinger of really big changes in company's systems and resource management unit. UPDATE: Looks like he just wanted a job at Microsoft.

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Wow. Martin Buckley, longtime product manager and global evangelist for Novell's Systems and Resource Management products (e.g., Zenworks), has quit Novell.

He hasn't given any real details as to why but says he's leaving over "certain principles."

Word on the street is that Buckley was set to do a lot of stuff at Novell's upcoming Brainshare user and partner conference. His departure may be a harbinger of really big changes in Novell's systems and resource management business unit.

Positive changes? Well, apparently not, from Martin's perspective. You don't quit a company after eight and a half years over "certain principles," unless things are really bad.

I never knew Buckley during my time at Novell, but he was and is well-respected. His departure doesn't inspire confidence.

UPDATE: Heard from a credible source that Martin is on his way to Microsoft. I guess the "certain principles" weren't things like "open source purity" and such. Maybe Martin wasn't happy that Novell hasn't fully sold itself to Microsoft. :-)

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    Matt Asay is chief operating officer at Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Prior to Canonical, Matt was general manager of the Americas division and vice president of business development at Alfresco, an open-source applications company. Matt brings a decade of in-the-trenches open-source business and legal experience to The Open Road, with an emphasis on emerging open-source business strategies and opportunities. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mjasay.


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