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05.22.08

Survey: Businesses Choose Red Hat Enterprise Linux Over Novell Ballnux

Posted in GNU/Linux, Novell, Red Hat, Servers, SLES/SLED at 10:34 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

In last year's Alfresco customer/user survey, we saw quite clearly that Novell’s adoption suffered after its deal with Microsoft. One year later, nothing has changed for the better.

The Second Open Source Barometer shows the community growing like a hockey and the number of members choosing Red Hat RHEL mirroring that growth with the number of members choosing Suse flat in comparison. So maybe “it was the worst of times” and the response of the open source community is to let Suse “have a far, far better rest to go to than it has ever known”?

Such surveys don't typically work in Novell's favour, unless Novell cooks those surveys or conducts its own. Upon closer inspection, it’s even quite embarrassing [1, 2].

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3 Comments

  1. David Flax said,

    May 22, 2008 at 10:13 pm

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    Gee a survey done by a biased group. What a surprising result.

  2. Roy Schestowitz said,

    May 22, 2008 at 10:16 pm

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    Can you please explain the bias (I’m asking, not doubting)?

    I know that Asay (of Alfresco) resents Novell for the deal, but here you have a population that is customers using FOSS.

  3. stevetheFLY said,

    May 24, 2008 at 4:56 pm

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    …and the latter surves was done by another ‘Anti-Novell’-freak like yourself. Very, very convincing…

    At http://www.distrowatch.com openSUSE now ranks second behind Ubuntu. Not bad. Fedora ranks 4th.

    Note: comment has been flagged for arriving from a possible incarnation of a known (eet), pseudonymous, forever-nymshifting, abusive Internet troll that posts from open proxies and relays around the world.

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