A couple of snippets from an interview with Miguel de Icaza (founder of the Gnome project, currently working for Ximian on the Mono project). OSNews.com
OSNews : Do you know the future of Ximian Gnome, Red Carpet, and Evolution? Most people would agree that Evolution has become the de facto e-mail client for Linux, and Red Carpet has become a way to distribute software easily within a corporate environment. Will these packages continue to be developed by Ximian developers?
Miguel : Everything will continue operating as is. They [Novell] want to learn. They want to integrate. Our products will absolutely continue to be developed. Ximian will be a business unit. But it's exciting, because we'll be developing slightly differently. There will be a connector for groupwise. We'll want to be integrating the desktop with a Novell environment. But we will continue to support our products, and we will continue to support open source.
OSNews : Novell has made other acquisitions in its efforts over the years to compete with Microsoft (WordPerfect, QuattroPro) that have ended up less than ideal for the acquired companies and their employees. How do you feel about that and have you discussed with Novell "worst case scenarios" that ensure Ximian's survival if Novell's focus shifts again at some time in the future?
Miguel : Ah, but you're focusing only on the negatives. Cambridge Technology Partners, I believe it's called, Novell's consulting group, is successful. Don't forget that ZENworks and Novell's J2EE projects have also been successful. Let's be realistic - Sun and Microsoft have had failures too. No one is perfect. This is a different Novell. Actions performed under previous management had different goals; going head to head with Microsoft isn't really the motivation here - we want all of our products to be enriched by this.