It was but a rumor last week, but today it looks like it’s all true: Novell is set to layoff a large chunk of its Workgroup division.
The number last week was an estimated 50-60%, but that’s still unconfirmed right now. What we do know is that an inside source at Novell said the layoffs are happening now, and specific departments are not yet known.
Regardless of your personal feelings about Novell the business, there’s nothing good to be gleaned from this news today.
Blogger and Alfresco guru Matt Asay tries anyway:
I’m no fan of Novell, but I hate layoffs. I’m sincerely sorry to see this happening. The good news, however, is that there are much better companies to work for out there. Like all of them. Just ask Greg Collier. He left Novell a year or two ago to join Mozy/Berkley Data Systems, which was bought by EMC recently. Or Chris Stone, now CEO of Streamserve. Or John Vigeant who left Novell and joined XenSource (you know what happened next). Or Charlie Martin who is now sitting at MuleSource. Chris Cooper (my old boss) left to be a VC with UV Partners. Bill Mason went to Red Hat and is now at Zmanda. Etc.
Over at Linux news aggregation site LinuxToday, comments (always starting with the standard “I don;t like layoffs either, BUT…”) have already started to compare Novell to Enron.