"Novell (NYSE: NOVL) executives said this week that it's
seven-year-old Linux business has finally broken even -- making
good on promises made a year ago.
"But it hasn't been an easy trek to begin making money off of
Linux, and one factor may way against Novell's Linux business going
forward: The waning revenue from its landmark 2006 agreement with
Microsoft to begin reselling Linux support subscriptions.
"This week, Novell reported its first-quarter fiscal 2010
earnings for the quarter ending on Jan. 31. Net revenues came in at
$202 million, a decline from the $215 million reported for the
first quarter of 2009.
"On the net income side, things are a bit brighter. Novell
reported GAAP net income of $20 million, or $0.06 per share, an
increase over the $11 million or $0.03 per share it reported for
the first quarter of 2009."