Novell defends SUSE Linux revenue performance

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Novell Inc's president and COO Ron Hovsepian has defended the company's SUSE Linux business, maintaining that it is performing better than the company's revenue figures suggest.

Hovsepian also told Computer Business Review that he has put the Waltham, Massachusetts-based company's EMEA sales force on warning that he expects to see improvement by the end of the year, as the company tries to placate frustrated Wall Street investors and analysts.

The company recorded revenue of $13m associated with "Linux platform products and other open platform products" in the first quarter of 2006, ended January 31, which compared to $15m from its "SUSE Linux business" (including $7m from SUSE Linux Enterprise Server) in the first quarter of 2005.

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