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05.13.10

Kuwait Government Dumps Novell/Microsoft for Red Hat

Posted in Asia, Finance, GNU/Linux, Red Hat, Servers, SLES/SLED at 2:09 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Ron Hovsepian and Steve Ballmer with red hats

Summary: Kuwait’s Ministry of Electricity & Water swaps Ballnux for GNU/Linux; Red Hat upgraded by a longtime foe

Good news has come from Kuwait, which is one of Microsoft’s key victims [1, 2].

The Kuwait Ministry of Electricity & Water has just decided to get rid of Novell’s Microsoft tax and use a GNU/Linux distribution which is free (free as in “no tyrant like Microsoft”). We have found just one report about it so far:

The Kuwait Ministry of Electricity & Water has decided to switch to Red Hat Enterprise Linux to run the servers at its data center, Raleigh-based Red Hat announced Wednesday.

Financial terms of the deal were not released, but the contract victory is doubly sweet for Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) because the Kuwait MEW has been running its servers on a version of the Linux operating system sold by Red Hat rival Novell (Nasdaq: NOVL).

In addition to this, Red Hat has been upgraded by one who has been spreading Red Hat FUD for at least 4 years.

Wall Street analyst Katherine Egbert at Jefferies & Co. is giving a “thumbs up” to Red Hat. (NYSE: RHT).

In a research note issued overnight, Egbert upgraded the world’s top Linux software developer to a “buy” and boosted her projected stock price to $35.

Egbert used to predict doom for Red Hat and she has been wrong almost every single time she commented on Red Hat. Will she be right this time around? Her record is abysmal.

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