If you remember back to the end of last year, several editors
here at TechRepublic offered their list of the top headlines you wouldnt see
in 2006. I pitched in with my Top5 Pick and Im happy to announce that I was absolutely wrong on one count:
3) Novell returns to profitability
one pains me because Ive long been a Novell and NetWare fan. The problem is
NetWare market share is dropping like a rock at the same time Novell is trying
to sell a free operating system that has a version dominated by RedHat. Novell
has a solid record of selling operating systems to business and understanding
networking in general, but so far it hasnt been able to turn this reputation
into profits. Being squeezed by Microsoft, RedHat, and The March Of Progress,
Novell is in a whole world of hurt. I hope this one turns out to be wrong.
Turns out that Novell just announced that they returned
to profitabilityin the last quarter. It wasnt by much only 1 cent per
share. And the revenue wasnt huge, only $278 million, but even so, a profit isa profit.
Its worrisome that Novell turned a profit on lower revenue
than a year before. Their revenue has been dropping slowly now for years which
is a scary prospect. But at least a return to profitability is a step in theright direction.
So, like I said at the end of last year, I was hoping that
prediction was wrong. As a longtime Novell fan, Im more than happy to shout aMea Culpa on that one.
Im still right about Vista missing its ship date however...