Yeah, I know this is a blog about Linux in the US, and specifically in the East — but if you check us out regularly or have us in your RSS reader, you should know that we also occasionally visit other parts of the world to see how they’re doing.

Here’s a little article from ZDnet Asia/Bangkok Post whose reporter sat down with Novell’s Executive VP of Worldwide Sales, Tom Francese, to see how things were coming along…

“We’re an information infrastructure company. We are different from RedHat in that we deliver up the stack–security, systems management, virtualization–and we are more than just open source,” Francese explained.


In Thailand, some of Novell’s reference customers are Thai Airways and Assumption University. The Ministry of Interior is also of note, as it progressed from being a heritage customer using Netware through to security and today’s OS stack.

The government sector is one where Novell is particularly strong. The Indian state of Tamil Nadu recently rolled out 2,000 servers and 40,000 desktops all based on Suse. Novell is also looking to the government sectors in China and Japan, as well as here in Thailand.