Digging into Mandrake, Novell, and Red Hat Demographics and Financials

Thursday, March 10 2005 @ 10:13 PM CST

Contributed by: Anonymous

Could Novell overtake Red Hat as the top Linux distribution provider? MozillaQuest Magazine (mozillaquest.com) reports: Along with Novell-SUSE Linux and Red Hat Linux, Mandrake-Conectiva is in the top-tier of Linux distribution providers . . . Today . . . we look further into the financials and demographics of Mandrake-Conectiva, Novell, and Red Hat. We also look at the problems of trying to compare Linux distribution providers. And we look at where Mandrake-Conectiva, Novell, and Red Hat stand in the consumer, SMB, and enterprise arenas.

But, just what impact will the Conectiva acquisition have on the Linux landscape, and on Mandrakesoft's prominence on that Linux Landscape? . . . Novell has a huge customer base. If Novell can move a substantial number of users of its networking products such as NetWare, GroupWise, and ZENworks to its Linux distributions, Novell's Linux business easily could climb to several hundred-million dollars annually. And that could put Novell's Linux business above Red Hat's Linux business.

Check MozillaQuest.com for the full story and links!

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