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Where Novell Can Beat Microsoft

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The VAR Guy admits it: He left Novell for dead last year. But recent conversations with the company forced him to rethink all of those negative notions. In a few markets, Novell may actually thrive. And in one particular market, Novell could give Microsoft a run for its money.

Let’s be clear: Novell SuSE Linux has reasonable momentum on desktops and servers, but Novell won’t topple Windows in those markets. Not now. Not five years from now. Microsoft’s biggest Linux worry remains Red Hat.

Still, there’s a market niche where Novell could give Microsoft really big headaches. It’s the embedded software market, where SuSE Linux Enterprise Real Time and SuSE Linux Enterprise Point of Service (not exactly embedded, but stick with The VAR Guy) are promising offerings.

Good to Great?

Frankly, Novell needs to put more marketing resources behind its embedded and point of sale Linux efforts.

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Also: Novell slashes mainframe Linux pricing




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