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Novell Says SLES 10 Has Impressive First Ten Days

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If the first ten days in the aftermath of the launch of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10, the brand-spanking-new server operating system from Novell Inc, is any indication, then perhaps there is finally some hope that Novell's plummeting NetWare business will not take the company down with it. While it is always dangerous to be too optimistic at the early part of any product launch, the numbers that SLES 10 put up in its first ten business days are not too shabby.

SLES 10 was launched on July 17, and in the first ten days, over 165,000 users came to the Novell download site and got a copy of either SLES 10, the server version, or SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, the PC client version. Novell has launched a much-improved, unified online tool for managing licenses and subscriptions (which I know about because I used the old tool and the new tool), and this may sound like a small thing, but former SUSE customers who have suffered through the transition to Novell and its kludgey systems will welcome this change. The license management system is simple and intuitive.

Anyway, more than 286,000 Novell customers have gone to try out this new Novell Customer Center, according to the company.

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