November 9, 2007

Microsoft-Novell: Has Their Deal Made a Difference?

Author: JT Smith

It was just over a year ago that Microsoft partnered with Linux vendor Novell, turning the Linux world on its ears.

The total value of the deal was pegged at approximately $348 million by Novell and includes $240 million from Microsoft for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) "certificates" that Microsoft may either use, distribute or resell.

In a statement sent to, Novell noted that as of the end of the third quarter of Novell's fiscal year, it had invoiced more than $105 million in SUSE Linux Enterprise certificates through the business collaboration with Microsoft. That figure, according to Novell, exceeded its target for sales after one year.

Aside from the good news, analysts are split over the impact the deal has had on the market.



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