W3C Hires Former Novell CTO Jeff Jaffe as CEO

Friday Mar 12th 2010 by Developer.com Staff

Jeff Jaffe is a controversial figure in some open source circles for his support of the Novell-Microsoft patent deal.

The World Wide Web Consortium has hired former Novell CTO Jeff Jaffe as the organization's new CEO.

According to a story by Maureen O'Gara, W3C hasn't had a CEO since last July and hiring Jaffe could cause a bit of a kerfuffle in the already testy atmosphere surrounded the W3C.

"At W3C Jaffe is going to have to deal with the breakaway Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group, or WHATWG, that went off in a snit because W3C was dragging its feet and decided to abandon HTML for XML-based technologies," O'Gara said.

She reported that Jaffe is being attacked on Slashdot as "a software patent supporter, Microsoft apologist, and no fan of the FSF," the Free Software Foundation and its GPL license.

But the good news is that Jaffe won't have to move to start his new job, he already lives in Massachusetts where W3C is located.

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