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Novell insists it’s winning the Linux wars

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In the third of a series of interviews by Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin, Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian (right) insisted his company is not being hurt by its association with Microsoft.

“Novell grew 200% in the SUSE Linux marketplace year-over-year from an invoicing perspective,” he said. The overall market is growing at 22% according to IDC,” and “we’re taking some market share from our competitors.

Hovsepian said Novell has “doubled down” on Mono, the .Net implementation led by Miguel de Icaza which today was renamed Duo in (of all places) Madagascar. Hovsepian talked a lot about “customer wins” — 20,000 desktops at PSA Peugeot, the State Electronics Agency in Tamil Nadu with 30,000, Credit Suisse, Nationwide and CVS — as justifying the strategy.

Again and again, Hovsepian went back to the idea of the mixed environment.

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Interview with Ron Hovsepian

The truth about Novell

* Novell is cooking the books to fake Linux growth at Novell
* Novell tells you nothing about the Microsoft coupons that run out (temporary boost)
* In the text above, Novell cites IDC, which to a large extent is just a pay-to-say analyst which gets fed data matching the required hypothesis
* Microsoft’s relationship with Novell is said to have caused Novell to lose customers, not the other way around
* A large number of Novell employees/jobs will be axed later this year

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