Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 19th Sep 2010 19:05 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Novell and Ximian Novell has been pretty much for sale for six months, and now The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Novell's Linux business may be bought by VMware. Novell's other assets, which includes Novell Netware, will then be bought by a private-equity backed software company called Attachmate Corp.
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Not at all. One has simply to look at their respective market caps and stock price, VMWare being 15 times larger than Novell and all.

And what has that got to do with anything? Novell is in a vastly different market than VMware. Yes, their stock/market caps/etc. show how well they do in their own market, but that is it. It doesn't say anything about how they would do in the other's market. So your comparison is by an large apples-to-oranges.

Yes, Novell has done some virtual machine work; but only to integrate with other virtual machines, and namely Microsoft's VirtualPC and HyperV at that - rivals to VMware. Novell does not write, support, maintain, or service virtual machines in any other respect.

VMware has been king of the virtual machine world for a long time. So why do they all of a sudden need SLES/SLED/SuSE/OpenSuSE? They don't. So the sale to VMware makes little sense unless there is some ulterior motive of which we are not party to.

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