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: Business as usual
by porcel on Sat 3rd Mar 2007 14:44 UTC in reply to "Business as usual"
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All this gloom and doom is uncalled for. Novell is the only company to offer a corporate desktop worth deploying, easy to support with a tested directory service and a tested groupware server.

Novell's biggest problem is that it hasn't learned that they way to get people to pay for support is to give away the software to enough admins so that they will run it at home and in small scale installations and charge support and customization for the big installations for bigger clients.

But as far as products go, Novell is unmatched in the Linux or directory service space.

Have they made mistakes? Plenty.

1) Getting in bed with Microsoft.

2) Not making KDE their corporate desktop, which would ease development because it rests on a foundation that is easier to support and extend. If I were running a Linux corporate desktop, there is no way in hell that I would be supporting two desktops, although I would support applications from both desktops.

3) Going for .NET and the whole mono enchilada, with the attendant performance and legal issues. Without mono, the deal with Microsoft may have never happened.

Red Hat has a huge first-player advantage in the corporate market, but don't discount Novell. They offer some truly amazing products.

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