Novell Continues Linux Market Leadership in China

Leading Chinese Analyst Firm CCID Consulting Shows Novell Widens the Gap Over


Feb 28, 2006, 00:00 ET from Novell, Inc.

    WALTHAM, Mass., Feb 28 /PRNewswire/ -- New research from CCID Consulting,
 China's leading industry analyst firm, shows Novell (Nasdaq:   NOVL) continues
 to lead the Linux* market in China. Novell holds a 25.1 percent share of the
 Linux market in China, surpassing other local and international Linux
 distributors. Novell's success in China reflects a strong commitment to
 Chinese open source development and to Novell's growing customer base in this
 rapidly expanding market.
     "Looking back at China's Linux Market in 2005, we can see that Novell was
 no doubt the biggest star," said Qian Lei, Computer & Software Analyst, CCID
 Consulting. "Novell has gained good results from its investment in China's
 Linux market. In 2005, Novell revenue topped the Linux market in China with a
 total market share of 25.1 percent, illustrating strong competitiveness for
 Novell in China."
     CCID Consulting's research looks at Linux market dynamics and development
 trends, and includes forecasts for the next five years. CCID Consulting's
 report finds Novell with a Linux leadership position in China, outpacing both
 local Chinese Linux distributors as well as other global Linux vendors in
 adoption by Chinese customers. Novell strengthened its position in China in
 2005, establishing new research and development, technical support and
 training facilities, fortifying partnerships with CS2C, Hua Wei, ZTE, Neusoft,
 and Skybility, and serving customers like People's Bank of China, China
 Construction Bank, Bank of Communications Shanghai Branch, and the China
 Meteorological Administration. Novell also launched a Chinese language version
 of its openSUSE project at, the first global Linux distributor
 with a dedicated Chinese site. To date, there have been nearly 100,000
 visitors to Novell's openSUSE site in China.
     "Novell has made a strong commitment to China," said Sen Ming Chang,
 managing director of Novell's East Asia region. "With our new R&D Center and a
 local support facility, our localized version of our community distribution,, and expanded offices, our investment is paying off in a
 growing customer base here. We will continue to lead through superior delivery
 of a complete customer experience."
     About Novell
     Novell, Inc. delivers Software for the Open Enterprise(TM). With more than
 50,000 customers in 43 countries, Novell helps customers manage, simplify,
 secure and integrate their technology environments by leveraging best-of-
 breed, open standards-based software. With over 20 years of experience, more
 than 5,000 employees, 5,000 partners and support centers around the world,
 Novell helps customers gain control over their IT operating environment while
 reducing cost. More information about Novell can be found at .
     NOTE:  Novell is a registered trademark, and openSUSE and Software for the
 Open Enterprise are trademarks of Novell, Inc. in the United States and other
 countries.  * Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. All other
 third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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