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LinuxPlanet: Novell Eyes Competition With Microsoft

Mar 21, 2007, 09:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jacqueline Emigh)

"'We will compete against Microsoft in some areas, while cooperating in others,' said Susan Heystee, Novell's VP of strategic alliances, reflecting remarks also made by several other top Novell officials at Novell's BrainShare users show this week. Specifically, Novell intends to compete in areas that include the desktop, virtualization, and management tools, despite the deal struck by the two big software vendors last fall.

"'We plan to compete aggressively with Microsoft on the desktop,' according to Michael Applebaum, senior product marketing manager at Novell. Beyond providing a full range of thick and thin clients, Novell will distinguish its desktop on the basis of price, he said, during one of a series of interviews with LinuxPlanet.

"Carlos Monero-Luque, Novell's VP of product management for open source software, dubbed Novell's SUSE Linux Client, rolled out this week, 'the $50 desktop with the $500 attitude...'"

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