Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 2nd Mar 2007 21:04 UTC
Novell and Ximian "Novell on Mar. 1 announced preliminary financial results for its 2007 fiscal year first quarter, showing net revenue of USD 230 million. The first quarter's revenue represented a decline of USD 12 million, or about 5 percent, from the prior year's first quarter revenue of USD 242 million. Despite the unexceptional overall results during the first fiscal quarter 2007, however, Novell reported USD 15 million of revenue from Linux Platform Products, up 46 percent year-over-year, and USD 91 million of invoicing, up a whopping 659 percent year-over-year. Linux - make no doubt about it - is Novell's future."
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SuSE trying to hard
by Don T. Bothers on Fri 2nd Mar 2007 23:07 UTC
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SuSE is not a bad distribution in itself. However, I think sometimes it just tries to differentiate itself for the sake of differentiating itself. For example, pushing ReiserFS instead of Ext3, pushing XGL instead of AIGLX, pushing AppArmor instead of SELinux, pushing KDE instead of Gnome, pushing YAST... I think they generally choose an inferior technology and in the end, it always ends up biting them in the butt. Just look at the above list and see how many of the "alternative" technologies they are still pushing rather than going the route of every other Linux distribution. I bet in a year or two, when SELinux is easy to use, AppArmor will also be out. I personally think the best thing they could do is not try to differentiate themselves on the product (after all, Debian, RedHat, Ubuntu, and Suse are all basically the same product with minor differences) but rather try to differentiate themselves on their support, services, and partnerships with 3rd party vendors.

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