Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Nov 2010 19:53 UTC
Novell and Ximian We were well aware that Novell had put itself on the market, coyly winking at passers-by, displaying its... Assets. VMware was a contender, but things have played out entirely different: Novell has been bought by Attachmate Corp., with a Microsoft-led consortium buying unspecified intellectual property from Novell.
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RE: Exciting
by segedunum on Tue 23rd Nov 2010 14:07 UTC in reply to "Exciting"
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I wouldn't get excited unfortunately. Novell is going to be an absolutely horrendous company to amalgamate and do anything with and it will probably cost AttachMate more than the 2.2 billion they laid out to do that. It could put them under actually.

I sincerely hope those in charge have a clear vision for Novell they can sum up in one sentence and have the technology nous to not get the wool pulled over their eyes. Given that they intend to try and operate Novell and Suse as two separate units then I'd say they don't have a vision for anything.

Given that AttachMate now appear to be a VC firm effectively, or backed by VC firms and investors who are bankrolling this, I can't see it ending well. They did afterall lay off most AttachMate development staff while still collecting on the maintenance contracts because they've already been saddled with debt.

EDIT: In addition, now that Novell's 'IP' has been sold to Microsoft the chances of AttachMate being able to compete in any way with Microsoft or do anything with Novell is virtually zero.

Edited 2010-11-23 14:21 UTC

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