"The new Linux release from Novell, comes on the heels
of a new report from IDC showing increasing opportunity for Linux
in the current economy and as Novell's marketplace battle with
rival Red Hat continues. Novell generates a large portion of its
Linux revenues from Microsoft as a result of a November 2006 deal
between the two companies. SLES 11 benefits from the Microsoft
partnership and will offer at least one feature that no other
enterprise Linux distribution has ever had, support for Microsoft's
"The .NET support comes by way of the Novell led Mono effort
which to date has only been available on community Linux
distributions like Novell's openSUSE and Red Hat's Fedora. Red Hat
has told InternetNews.com in the past that it was not interested in
including Mono with its Red Hat Enterprise Linux release."
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