Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 8th Dec 2008 16:13 UTC
Novell and Ximian It kind of slipped underneath our radar last Friday, but Novell has released its financial earnings figures for the fourth quarter. While the company still shows a loss of 16 million USD (compared to 18 million during the same quarter last year), individual divisions of the company are doing quite well, with only two of them showing losses. Total revenue was 243 million USD. Interestingly enough, the company's Linux business is doing very, very well.
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RE[2]: That doesn't surprise me.
by milles21 on Mon 8th Dec 2008 16:54 UTC in reply to "RE: That doesn't surprise me."
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I personally think that SLES has a great platform, I love Redhat as a company, as well as their commitment to quality. However I think that they are doing themselves an their customers an injustice when it comes to overall solutions.

I think that Novell has received a bad reputation for the deal with Microsoft. However their vision and offering is top-notch. If we compare offerings and overall complete vision Novell wins hands down.

The only reason they are not the preferred vendor IMHO is the ties to Microsoft and the community bashing.

If we look at solutions and honestly compare from a technology perspective.

SLES - Red Hat RHEL equal or better
Novell Identity manager - Red Hat does not compare
Open Enterprise Serevr - Red Hat does not compare
Groupwise - Red Hat does not compare
Zenworks - Red hat dos not compare
Edirectory - Red Hat Directory Server sub-par

Keep in mind I am talking Enterprise solutions, not clusters here and there, not application servers. I am taking integrated platforms EMAIL, Identity Management, platform management (Linux and Window)

I am asking people to compare based on the merit of the technology not emotions on their patent deal and give some real honest feed back, minus the slandering.

Edited 2008-12-08 16:55 UTC

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