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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RE: And up it goes...
by kaiwai on Sat 3rd Mar 2007 01:06 UTC in reply to "And up it goes..."
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I'd love to see it too but for the mean time the future of Linux is on the server, its going to be a while before we start seeing Linux make inroads on the desktop given the dearth of applications on Linux.

Things like cd burners and chat applications are easy stuff, anyone can make those, the problems start to multiple when people want things like Quicken/MYOB like applications, Office suites that are compatible and feature rich like Office, or graphics applications like Photoshop, Illustator, Corel Painter, and the likes.

What is holding Linux back isn't the desktop; GNOME and KDE are more than adequate for the end users needs; the problem is that third party software vendors sitting on the side lines pissing and moaning about the evils of the Microsoft monopoly which failing to hedge their beats by porting their applications to an alternative platform that can run on generic pc's.

The day when you see the big softare comapnies port their consumer and professional software to Linux or some other UNIX is the day when you see a massive drop in marketshare from Microsoft in all the areas which they dominate.

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