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: Mathematics for Novell
by IanSVT on Tue 9th Dec 2008 13:30 UTC in reply to "Mathematics for Novell"
IanSVT
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So, I hope Novell are actually working on something to compete head-to-head with Windows Server, with no assistance from Microsoft, rather than sitting on their hands and thinking "Phew, that deal saved us".

I don't think you quite understand their product line. They have been working on something to compete with windows server since 2004. It's called open enterprise server. Like I posted above, it's the core "novell network" services abstracted and layered on top of either Netware or SLES. You can properly run a soup to nuts workgroup stack using all Novell products and no Microsoft products. So with that, they're already there.

No, the real problem they have is building new adoption for it. Technically, the product is fairly sound so that's not the issue. It's an uphill battle for sure, but it's not a technical thing they can fix, it's a mind share issue which Novell has struggled with for years.

Edited 2008-12-09 13:31 UTC

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