Move away from Novell
Red Hat seems to be the main beneficiary of Microsoft's pact with its fellow Linux rival Novell.
According to a global survey of open-source enterprise users of Alfresco software has found that deployments of Red Hat Linux have grown twice as fast as those for Novell SUSE Linux since Novell signed its controversial patent and interoperability agreement with Microsoft.
Alfresco is a an open-source enterprise content management provider and the figures were garnered from a survey of more than 10,000 of its community members.
Ian Howells, Alfresco's chief marketing officer, who conducted the survey and analyzed the data said that customers may increasingly not like the terms of the Microsoft-Novell deal, especially as more information becomes public.