Meet Novell's new best friend: VMware

Summary:Now that the sales pop from the Novell-Microsoft partnership has played out, SUSE Linux growth has stagnated, and Novell has a new best friend.

Novell has a new best friend when it comes to SUSE Linux distribution: VMware.

If you recall, Novell's former best friend for SUSE Linux was Microsoft. Microsoft and Novell have a partnership where the two parties had certificates that indemnified SUSE users from any intellectual property liability. In addition, Microsoft officially recommended SUSE Linux Enterprise for hybrid Windows/Linux shops. Microsoft also distributed coupons for maintenance and support for Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. The Microsoft-Novell partnership dates back to 2006.

Now that the sales pop from the Novell-Microsoft partnership has played out SUSE Linux growth has stagnated. In Novell's fiscal third quarter report, the company said Linux platform product revenue was US$36 million, down seven percent from a year ago. Linux invoicing was down 11 percent from a year ago. Dana Russell, Novell's chief financial officer, said "depletion of the original Microsoft certificates this year makes for a challenging year-over-year comparison". Russell did say that Linux platform invoicing was up 15 percent from a year ago if you exclude Microsoft certificates.

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Topics: Enterprise Software, Mobility, Open Source, Virtualization, Developer


Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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