The New York Times comments on Novell's acquistion of SuSE Linux :
Already, Microsoft has felt the sting of Linux, which many corporations see as a reasonable and less expensive alternative to the Windows operating system. In only a few years, the program has gone from being a relatively obscure and largely unsupported program for technology enthusiasts to the fastest-growing operating system on the market, and it is acquiring some of Microsoft's traditional corporate customers
Novell, IBM, Oracle are but a few amongst the list of large software vendors who are displaying their overall optimism towards Linux ... The way things are going, after many years of hypothesis, 2004 might finally be the year of Linux !!!