Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd Jun 2006 14:09 UTC, submitted by Flatline
Novell and Ximian Novell's board of directors on Thursday named Ron Hovsepian CEO and president to replace Jack Messman, and ousted the company's chief financial officer. In a conference call on Thursday, company executives said the changes were made to accelerate the growth at Novell, which has had disappointing financial results, particularly in its Linux business.
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smashIt
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2005-07-06

There's only one tiny flaw with that official stance Novell is taking. The revenue brought in by Linux is a tiny splash in a large ocean when compared with Novell's core Netware business. Netware is what's keeping Novell afloat. Novell are nowhere near being as much a Linux business as Red Hat is, and it is doubtful they'll ever catch up.

no, microsoft is keeping novell alive. or to be more precise the 70mio they sued out of ms.

i predict that novell will follow sgi.

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segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

no, microsoft is keeping novell alive. or to be more precise the 70mio they sued out of ms.

True. They have got a sizeable cash pile made out of settlements in lawsuits of various kinds that they're effectively living off, but any revenue that Novell is generating is all coming from the last remnants of Netware, eDirectory and Zenworks users. Satisfying those people is their only hope.

You can also argue that Microsoft is keeping Novell alive in another way. All Netware, eDirectory and Zenworks setups out there support Microsoft Active Directory and Windows infrastructures underneath. That's where Novell have always been outflanked.

i predict that novell will follow sgi.

Your prediction probably won't be far off. I think Novell will survive on perhaps a few tens of millions of dollars per year, because enough companies will still continue to use them, but eventually we'll see that dwindle and the line graph will dip and get ever closer to 0 - as has happened with SGI.

Whatever happens and whatever is left though, it will be a far, far cry from the hundreds of millions in revenue each year and Messman's self proclaimed 'only billion dollar Linux company'.

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