The Linux Foundation has announced that it has hired the former chief technology officer of Novell’s Linux and open source business as its new chief technology officer. Markus Rex will only be on loan to the Linux promotion and standards group, however, and is due to resume his duties Novell at the end of 2008.
We appreciate Novell’s willingness to lend its technical and financial support to the community with this initiative and hope it serves as a model for the future, said Linux Foundation CEO, Jim Zemlin.
As CTO of the Foundation, which was formed via the merger of the Open Source Development Labs and the Free Standards Group in January, Rex will lead technical initiatives including oversight the Linux Standard Base. He will also be the first technical port of call for Linux Foundation members and the Technical Advisory Board, which represents Linux kernel developers. Rex is already a Linux Foundation board member.
Rex joined SUSE Linux in 1999 and served as head of development and VP of R&D before the company was acquired by Novell in 2004. He subsequently served as VP and general manager of SUSE Linux, CTO for the open platform solutions group, and VP of services strategy.