Novell's biggest open source competitor: Apple
A report by Gartner claims that Novell's stiffest competition for the small and medium business server space will come not from Microsoft, but Apple.
The report, entitled Apple vs Novell: an unlikely battle for SMB open-source relevance, claims that companies looking for open source alternatives to Microsoft are going to a better match with Apple than Novell. " Novell will struggle to find a relevant product offering for the SMB community," the report predicts, while "Apple will be increasingly recognized as the open-source platform of choice for the SMB community."
The report is not complimentary of either company, calling Apple and Novell "two names long considered irrelevant, if not extinct, from serious business computing decisions". Gartner reckons that "open-source
technology presents an opportunity to wipe clean a challenge both companies have faced for the past 15 years - losing the battle for the development community (internal corporate and third party independent software vendors) to Microsoft."