In an article that is extremely bullish on Novell’s upside post-Microsoft, an analyst from JMP Securities disclosed that there have been a total of 49,000 SUSE Coupons distributed to date:
Though there have been worries that the duo’s deal—which critics say protects only Novell customers from Microsoft patent lawsuits—would be bad for Linux, it certainly seems to have been good for Novell.
“Novell suggested that it continued to see SUSE coupons distributed through its Microsoft channel, suggesting total certificates activated have risen to 49,000 from 40,000 at the time of its prior disclosure,” Mr. Fish said.
And at the Open Source Business Conference last week, Novell marketing director Justin Steinman said that thanks to “Microsoft’s sales force,” more users than ever were moving to Linux.
Nice one, Justin – perhaps the best line of the whole deal, so far. Of course, I don’t think he meant it the way I read it.