Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Novell's Linux Strategy Progress Report

Filed under
SUSE

n January 2004, CBR reported on Novell's planned acquisitions of SUSE Linux and Ximian, noting that the purchases represented the potential dawn of a new age for the company, but that "in many ways the difficult part of the acquisition process still lies ahead."

Two years on and Novell can claim to have finished 2005 on a high note, with both revenue and net income up for the full fiscal year, and a significant rise in Linux subscriptions, as well as a high-profile contract with the National Health Service in the fourth quarter.

The company's fourth-quarter performance was such that president for EMEA, Thomas Francese, declared the company reborn. But while there was an improvement in revenue, that bullishness was perhaps as much to do with relief as it was confidence, as Novell comes to the end of what have been, in the words of chairman and CEO Jack Messman, "complex transformations".

The year-end upturn provided respite for Messman after a difficult couple of quarters that saw his management and the company's performance criticised, first by investment firm Blum Capital, which owns or controls 5% of Novell's outstanding shares, and then Credit Suisse First Boston analyst Jason Maynard.

Full Story.

More in Tux Machines

Salix 14.2 Xfce Edition Officially Released Based on Slackware 14.2, Xfce 4.12

After being in development for the past three months, the Salix 14.2 Xfce Edition operating system has finally hit the stable channels, and it is now available for download. Based on the Slackware 14.2 GNU/Linux distribution and built around the lightweight and highly customizable Xfce 4.12 desktop environment, Salix 14.2 Xfce Edition ships with numerous improvements and new features that some of you who managed to test-drive the Beta and Release Candidate pre-releases are already accustomed with. Of course, many of the core components and default applications have been updated to their latest versions. Read more

Leftovers: Security

  • Tor 0.2.8.7 Addresses Important Bug Related to ReachableAddresses Option
    The Tor Project, through Nick Mathewson, is pleased to inform the Tor community about the release and general availability of yet another maintenance update to the Tor 0.2.8 stable series.
  • Emergency Service Window for Kolab Now
    We’re going to need to free up a hypervisor and put its load on other hypervisors, in order to pull out the one hypervisor and have some of its faulty hardware replaced — but there’s two problems; The hypervisor to free up has asserted required CPU capabilities most of the eligible targets do not have — this prevents a migration that does not involve a shut down, reconfiguration, and restart of the guest.

TheSSS 19.0 Linux Server Out with Kernel 4.4.14, Apache 2.4.23 & MariaDB 10.1.16

TheSSS (The Smallest Server Suite) is one of the lightest Linux kernel-based operating systems designed to be used as an all-around server for home users, as well as small- and medium-sized businesses looking for a quick and painless way of distributing files across networks or to simply test some web-based software. Read more

GNOME Control Center 3.22 to Update the Keyboard Settings, Improve Networking

The upcoming GNOME 3.22 desktop environment is still in the works, and a first Beta build was seeded to public beta testers last week, bringing multiple enhancements and new features to most of its core components and apps. While GNOME 3.22 Beta was announced on August 22, it appears that the maintainers of certain core packages needed a little more time to work on various improvements and polish their applications before they were suitable for public testing. And this is the case of GNOME Control Center, which was recently updated to version 3.21.90, which means 3.22 Beta. Read more