Talk:Novell

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Salt Lake Influence[edit]

Being founded in the Utah Valley is Novell in any way influenced by the LDS leadership?

No it is not. Novell could care less what the LDS church thinks of them. I know this because I live in the area and I know several people that work in the Novell building.

Blaming Netware for Linux's poor sales Unfair[edit]

quote "While revenue from its Linux business continued to grow, the growth was not fast enough to contain the fall in NetWare revenue."

This is a highly debatable, bordering on cowardly, comment. The fall in Netware revenue only dramatically increased after Novell made it clear it wasn't intending to develop Netware anymore. Novell will live or die depending on its decision to go 'all Linux' but to keep blaming Netware is wrong. Think of it this way: imagine a promoter has falling audiences for a show - down to 100 a night. So he buys a theatre next door and puts on a new show. All people phoning up to book tickets to the old show are told to not go, rather buy tickets to the new show, and anyway, the old show is closing soon and a deadend. So the old show ends up with 50 a night and the new show 20 a night. Now the promoter tries to say that the new show has had excellent growth but unfortunately the old show is still the problem! How about admitting the new show is failing?

The fact is that Novell Linux's sales are about one tenth of its Netware sales from 10 years ago. You can quote 500% growth, but so could a kid selling lemonade on the street. It's relative to the size of the company.

Statistics back the steep fall since Novell began hinting and then openly telling customers that Netware was being discontinued. In 2003, revenue, based upon Netware, was up 1%; however up an average of 10% outside of the USA. That was the year that Novell bought Linux, and began talking about putting its development muscle into Linux rather than Netware. By 2006, first quarter Netware revenue was down 11%. Second quarter, 16%; 3rd quarter 19%, 4th quarter 25%. Of the $245m in the last quarter, only 13m was Linux. In 2003, revenue was $1.1b, in 2007 expected is 925m - and most of it still Netware based licensing.

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This wiki is biased and inaccurate[edit]

Instead of noting the poor technology and financial decisions of Ray Noorda, Eric Schmidt, et al; all I read is 'poor Novell everyone is conspiring against them'. My documented experience with CTP in 1999 is different than reported here. Yes, it does read like it was copied from the Novell corporate history page.

Shjacks45 (talk) 02:23, 24 December 2010 (UTC)

Early Novell history confusion[edit]

Hi! I have started to clean up the early Novell history a bit, but there's much more to do as alot is mixed up and omitted in there at present. Since I don't have the time for it right now, I would like to at least point to a source which could be used to straighten some of the facts: [1]

--Matthiaspaul (talk) 15:12, 19 May 2014 (UTC)

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