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Interview with Ron Hovsepian

Apr 01, 2008, 14:15 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Jim Zemlin: ...Let's talk a little bit about that without pinning you down into making any kind of forward-looking statements on this call. Let's talk a little bit about the Linux business and the strategy you've chosen more deeply. You've been posting some pretty impressive numbers lately--had very good sequential quarter-over-quarter growth in your Linux business, one of the big bets that the company has made. How do you see that business growing? How do you see competition in the marketplace?

"Ron Hovsepian: We're very excited with the performance of the team in terms of from a revenue dimension, which is only one measurement that we look at in the business and an important one from an investor perspective. What we're seeing is year-over-year if you really look at '06 to '07, we use a leading indicator of what we call our invoicing. Novell grew 200% in the SUSE Linux marketplace year-over-year from an invoicing perspective. So, we're absolutely thrilled with that from that point of view..."

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