At Novell's Brainshare user conference in Barcelona last week, the software supplier said it had strengthened its identity and access management security products, Novell Identity & Access Management.
Novell also claimed significant customer gains in Europe with its open source SuSE Linux desktop and enterprise server products, but the firm lacked any significant new software products.
The company showcased several organisations that had opted for its Linux-based software suite. One UK adopter of Novell's Linux system is Kent Police, which began its migration last year.
Mark Williams, specialist services manager for Kent Police, said, "Linux is the platform for the future, and through Novell Open Enterprise Server, it is ready for enterprise-level workloads today.
"It has been surprisingly easy to move our servers to Linux solutions, as many of our suppliers have Novell's SuSE Linux as part of their product plans. Speed, ease of use and reliability have been key factors for us. Linux lets us do more than we could with Netware alone."
Describing why the company has chosen to back open source software in its products, Jack Messman, chairman and chief executive officer of Novell, said, "Organisations worldwide are asking for flexibility, for freedom from supplier lock-in, for openness. They want to regain control of their IT environments, and that is what we intend to help them accomplish."