12.06.06

Does Novell Tweak Linux Figures to Hide the Bigger Picture?

Posted in Deception, Finance, Novell at 11:07 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The respectable Matthew Aslett, who is a Linux and Open Source advocate, certainly thinks so.

Dear Novell, please stop messing about with your Linux revenue figures. Thanks.

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How can $13m be 32% more than $15m? What is the difference between “Linux platform products” and “Linux products and services”? I don’t know, but it is high time Novell stopped moving the goal posts and reported consistent figures for its Linux business.

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1Q06
$56m “Open Platform Solutions”
(including $43m Open Enterprise Server and $13m “Linux Platform Products and other open source products”

2Q06
$57m “Open Platform Solutions”
(including $38m Open Enterprise Server and $10m “Linux Platform Products”

3Q06
$12m “Linux Platform Products”

4Q06
$13m “Linux Platform Products”

This looks pretty grim. In fact, it is also as grim as Microsoft’s attempt to hide reality using a $36 billion buyback, which gradually inflates the value of the stock.

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2 Comments

  1. Matthew Aslett said,

    December 7, 2006 at 4:44 pm

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    I should point out that I am a journalist who happens to cover Linux and open source, as opposed to a Linux and open source advocate, but given that’s the first time I have ever been called ‘respectable’ to my knowledge, I will forgive you.

  2. Roy Schestowitz said,

    December 7, 2006 at 11:38 pm

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    Apologies about that, Matthew. I suppose I was getting the wrong impression.

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