Update: Response from Novell at the end of the original article.
Novell has been doing a lot of good things lately in its Linux business, but counting certified applications is apparently not one of them. Novell on Monday announced that it has taken the lead in certified applications vis-a-vis Red Hat, with more than 2,500.
This is great, but it's also insufficient. Red Hat announced way back in October 2007 that it had passed 3,000 certified applications, and currently has more than 3,400, according to a Red Hat PR representative.
In fact, I just ran a search of Red Hat's independent software vendors catalog and came up with 4,314 certified applications.
Now, it's possible that "more than 2,500" actually means "more than 4,314," but I suspect Novell just got its math wrong. Indeed, Novell's certified application list actually includes 2,549 applications, as of Monday.
I was a literature major, so perhaps my math is wrong. But I think this means that Red Hat has 1,765 more certified applications than Novell, which I believe means that it has a lot more than Novell. In most contests, having more points than the opposing team means you're leading, which would mean Red Hat remains the leader in certified Linux applications, not Novell.
Update: I asked Justin Steinman, vice president of Solution and Product Marketing for Novell, to comment and received the following:
In the press release, we state: "Based on publicly available information, SUSE Linux Enterprise 9 and 10 have the most certified software applications when compared to the latest releases of all other commercial Linux distributions." [Emphasis added]
We only analyzed data for the most recent editions of products. Specifically, SUSE Linux Enterprise 9 and 10. Most customers only care about what certified applications are supported by the the most up-to-date version of an operating system. … Read more