Desktop Linux specialist Linspire has confirmed the resignation of its former president and CEO, Kevin Carmony, and named Larry Kettler as his successor to both positions.
The San Diego, California-based Linux distributor has still not responded to request for comment or issued a statement but confirmed the resignation and appointment in a posting to its official user forum.
In the posting Linspire confirmed the accuracy of an interview Carmony gave to Linux-Watch in which he announced that he had resigned on July 31 to pursue other business interests and support Mitt Romney’s campaign to become Republican presidential candidate.
Linspire has promoted vice president of worldwide sales and marketing, Larry Kettler, as Carmony’s replacement. Like Carmony before him, Kettler has been at Linspire since 2001.
He becomes head of Linspire just as the company is surrounded by controversy given its recent interoperability and patent covenant agreement with Microsoft. In his interview with Linux-Watch, Carmony denied that deal had any bearing on his resignation.