Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 5th Mar 2006 13:34 UTC, submitted by Moule
Novell and Ximian "It was not the best of quarters for Linux vendor Novell. When Novell announced its financial results for its first fiscal quarter, which ended Jan. 31, 2006, it reported revenue of $274 million [EUR 227 million], compared to revenue of $290 million [EUR 241 million] for the first fiscal quarter 2005. This was a decline from the previous quarter in which Novell had reported $320 million [EUR 266 million] of revenue."
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Novell has to decide where it wants to fight and go with it:

1. To be big in server dumb, unchangeable terminal markets - aka RedHat's
- Suck the life out of the Suse's underlying system. Slap Gnome on top with the tools to control the servers (Continue where it started with yast.) and forget the KDE and that whole "desktop" thing. Keep some closed technology (directory/single sign on, etc) bolted into the system.

2. To conquer Windows XXxx Pro, Desktop-oriented land (the platform where ISVs rule)
- Feed and shape KDE (preassure Trolls into making their non-GPL pricing tiered, so "easiest programming platform" also becomes "financially easy to digest") Stop wasting effort on the "immovable object" of monkey fame. Sucker ISVs into "certifications" and "support"

3. The Windows Home "desktop" market.
You don't want to be there. It's an uphill battle. Xandros, Linspire already mill it fairly well (KDE-land from sea to shining sea). You can slide there after making as foothold in Windows Pro land.

Novell, take your pick.

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