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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It looks like VMware is building up a library of applications to run on their VM servers.

A few months ago they bought Zimbra, and that really didn't make any sense. Now they are looking to buy SuSE from Novell.

Sounds like they want to compete more with Microsoft, since Zimbra was an open source replacement for Microsoft Exchange. Add Linux to that, and you can start booting Microsoft out of the server room...

I wouldn't be surprised if they buy up more applications in the near future and start offering appliances based on SuSE. Since VMware would own SuSE, they wouldn't have to pay licensing fees to distribute the appliances.

They can already ship SuSE without having to pay license fees. Or RHEL for that matter. Doesn't mean they customer won't get updates (since SLES/SLED/RHEL rely on pay-locked repos for updates), but they can deliver a system.

They are already the VM market leader, so they might be thinking they should capitalize by offering optimized apps that run on top of their hypervisor. Why would you go to a third party when VMware has a packaged application ready to go? ;)

Because there are cheaper ways to get the same thing?

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