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Novell, Red Hat -- What's the Diff?

Feb 28, 2009, 10:04 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

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"Russell and Hovsepian were asked during the analyst call, why Novell's Linux business wasn't performing at the same level at which Red Hat's Linux business is performing. Red Hat's most recent set for financial results showed improvements in revenue and income. Both Novell executives answered that Novell's business is a different one than Red Hat's for a number of reasons.

""I think like any of these markets, we probably entered the market in terms of time, in terms of scale, behind Red Hat by a few years," Hovsepian said.

"Novell acquired SUSE Linux in 2003 for $210 million. Hovsepian noted that first Novell had to get big anchor reference clients which he claims Novell has done. After that he argued that Novell had to build its ecosystem of partners which now number 3,000 independent service providers according to Hovsepian. Continuing to build out the partner ecosystem is where Hovsepian sees the greatest need in order for Novell to grow its Linux business."

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