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Novell's new Linux chief has Suse history

Company gets Markus Rex back after his year-long stint at the Linux Foundation. He will run Novell's Open Platform Solutions unit and report to CTO Jeff Jaffe.

Markus Rex, formerly the chief technology officer of Suse and currently on leave from Novell, is back in the saddle as acting general manager and senior vice president of Novell's Open Platform Solutions business unit, reporting to Novell CTO Jeff Jaffe, as Novell announced Monday.

Rex had been on loan to the Linux Foundation as its CTO for the past year. He's a fervid community believer, someone who will help balance Novell's interest in driving Linux-based revenue with the need to rebuild its relations with the Linux community that soured on Novell in the wake of its patent deal with Microsoft.

It's good to have Rex back with Novell's Suse Linux business. This is positive news for the company and for Suse Linux.