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eWeek: Red Hat on Novell: We Still Own Linux Server Market

Nov 06, 2003, 16:00 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"While many Linux users applaud the surprise marriage of Novell Inc. and SuSE Linux AG, Linux market leader Red Hat Inc. isn't ready to salute its new competitor.

"Red Hat, which has dominated the North American Linux market, now faces not simply Nuremberg, Germany-based SuSE but Novell, a company with deep roots in the enterprise space and a powerful worldwide support and channel sales force. But according to John Young, its vice president of marketing for Red Hat, his company 'isn't worried.'

"Young said that Red Hat is 'not surprised that Novell is interested in a slice of a market that we've shown is profitable. This simply validates that there is enormous business interest in Linux.' By buying SuSE, 'Novell is saying that Linux is the strategic platform. We agree with that, and we're quite ready to help customers migrate to a strong Linux solution: ours...'"

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