Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 5th Mar 2006 13:34 UTC, submitted by Moule
Novell and Ximian "It was not the best of quarters for Linux vendor Novell. When Novell announced its financial results for its first fiscal quarter, which ended Jan. 31, 2006, it reported revenue of $274 million [EUR 227 million], compared to revenue of $290 million [EUR 241 million] for the first fiscal quarter 2005. This was a decline from the previous quarter in which Novell had reported $320 million [EUR 266 million] of revenue."
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RE: Its time to buy Novell Stock
by Jamie on Sun 5th Mar 2006 15:21 UTC in reply to "Its time to buy Novell Stock"
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Many of the enhancements that Novell Linux Desktop and SUSE Linux Enterprise will introduce in the months to come will have Novell's Linux OS and their great products like iFolder and Mono running on many new computers.

Not necessarily true I'm afraid. I expect distros like RedHat and Ubuntu to be every bit as good and the mono thing could easily backfire especially as .Net on windows is only really making waves in the web ( departments and not so much on the desktop where "pure" .Net apps are more likely to be resource hogs.

If I were Novell, I would flog off Suse and sell it to the highest bidder - they gain very little from having to spread their resources so thin. If Gnome is going to be their preferred desktop then why support both?

I would also be a bit more cautious with mono - Can they make it a lot better than MS version?

Can they eliminate the bloat, improve memory consumption and create a killer developer tool that uses gcc to create stand alone and less bloated apps much like gcc does for Java? (Jit's sux for desktop use)

Can they also get C Python to work on it flawlessly and so make it a truly world class development platform for Linux?

As someone who is programming in C# and on Windows, I would like to use C# in linux too but the above needs to be addressed otherwise mono becomes a luxury for only those with beefy machines and loads of RAM.

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