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Novell grows Linux sales

Novell has sold 21,000 subscriptions for its SUSE Linux Enterprise Server during the first quarter ended 31 January, as the...

Novell has sold 21,000 subscriptions for its SUSE Linux Enterprise Server during the first quarter ended 31 January, as the company attempts to move beyond traditional NetWare products to open source.

"We still have work ahead of us as we continue to reposition the company in our growth markets," said Jack Messman, Novell chief executive officer.

While its Linux business is growing, Novell is hoping the recently launched Open Enterprise Server, which combines its established NetWare networking software with SUSE Linux, will boost sales further.

Novell’s Linux business is still dwarfed by that of major competitor Red Hat, which sold more than 130,000 subscriptions to Red Hat Enterprise Linux in its last reported quarter.

For the quarter Novell saw total sales reach £161.1m, up from the £148.3m a year ago. Profits, however, fell from £6.1m to £5.5m.

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