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Novell Touts Microsoft--There's a Shock

Oct 01, 2007, 23:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

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"Last week, the story was broke that Novell was claiming to be making some money, and the company cited its partnership with Microsoft as a big reason why.

"This came out during a conference hosted by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, in which Novell's Director of Marketing Justin Steinman indicated 'The affect on sales year over year, for Novell's first three quarters of our fiscal year, which ends Oct. 31--our Linux business was up 243 percent year over year.'

"Normally, this kind of up-tick in Linux business would be a good thing, but then Justin had to go and sour the milk with this now oft-quoted gem from Novell's marketing strategy: 'Do you want the Linux that works with Windows? Or the one that doesn't?'

"Needless to say, people were seriously honked off..."

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