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It's official: All mentions of Novell must now, once again, be preceded by the adjective "beleaguered."
The storied software company won a pass from such ominous epithets for the last few years by buying open-source startups Ximian and Suse Linux. It announced bold plans to embrace open source starting in 2004. At the time Novell's strategy was to combine its NetWare operating system with Linux to compete with Microsoft's (Research) dominant Windows operating system.
But the company's second fiscal quarter came up short. While the company announced Wednesday that it had eked out a profit of $3 million on revenues of $278 million, Novell saw sales of its older NetWare products and Open Enterprise Server (OES) - its Linux-based successor to NetWare - sink 16 percent over the same period last year.
In addition to OES, Novell (Research) is also distributing its own Suse-branded version of the Linux operating system.