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Sun cofounder joins Novell board

Sun Microsystems cofounder Bill Joy is named a director at of Novell, whose chief executive is former Sun executive Eric Schmidt.

Sun Microsystems cofounder Bill Joy today was named a director at Novell, whose chief executive is former Sun executive Eric Schmidt.

Joy joins former Federal Communications Commission chairman Reed Hundt in joining Novell's eight-member board this month.

"It will be a pleasure to work with [Joy] again in an area that we both care deeply about: creating networking solutions for the enterprise," Schmidt said in a statement.

Joy agreed, saying: "Eric and his new team are clearly pursuing some of the most exciting opportunities in networking."

Joy now is leading a Sun research project, dubbed JINI, to expand Java technology. JINI focuses on technologies that simplify the access and delivery of network services.