"Novell’s SUSE Linux software appliance strategy
has attracted key partners — including GroundWork Open
Source, Ingres and Zmanda — to the SUSE party. Next up,
Novell will turn its SUSE Linux attention to enterprise developers,
according to Novell Channel Chief John Dragoon (pictured).
"First, a little background: From the early days of NetWare to
the recent SUSE Linux push, Novell has struggled quite a bit with
ISV (independent software vendor) relations. Novell began a
top-down review of its ISV programs about three years ago and the
progress is impressive. CEO Ron Hovsepian says more than 5,000 ISVs
now back SUSE Linux, up from about 400 ISVs three years ago."