Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 23rd Oct 2005 03:27 UTC
Novell and Ximian Novell is expected to initiate a major round of layoffs that could cut 1000 or more jobs in an attempt to restore the server software company's financial strength, according to employees familiar with the plan.
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Novell is in a transition give them time
by on Sun 23rd Oct 2005 08:36 UTC

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Say what you want between Novell and Redhat but Novell has a much more powerful product (and I use RHES, but I may switch next year). While their transition to Linux could still be called early, the potential is there..

Novell is having to reinvent itself after years of seeing it's existing core products erode. It's a difficult process that is going to take years. While there are a lot of great things in the pipeline for Linux, I see Novell doings some of the most exciting. While someone griped about Ximian and mono, these are the two areas where I see a lot innovation coming from (with the extra resources that Novell is able to offer). All the mono based apps, while early still, are the best things gnome has seen in years (iFolder, Fspot, Banshee, Beagle, etc, etc). Hula, which is again early, is almost certainly going to be the de facto opensource groupware solution (which will provide money to Novell, make no mistake).

My guess is that we'll see continued quarters like this in the near future. Once they really get all their technologies in place then I think things could look really good for Novell(I believe they'll be the first ones to really have a drop-in, simple, replacement for windows file servers thanks to eDirectory and their hiring of one of the samba programmers not too long ago). It sure has been a while...

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2005-07-06

While someone griped about Ximian and mono, these are the two areas where I see a lot innovation coming from (with the extra resources that Novell is able to offer).

They are not making any money. Mainsoft makes more money from Mono than Novell does, and even that isn't very significant. Their market is more .Net/J2EE integration, where the market actually is.

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With Hula not very far off and some features, specifically search, being done with Mono, it really should not be long before Novell is offering a power web based solution for email that rivals both exchange and gmail. I think a little time is all it will take.

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