Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th Aug 2007 21:37 UTC
Novell and Ximian In the wake of last week's ruling that Novell, and not SCO, controls the copyrights covering UNIX, Novell is reassuring Unix users that it has no plans to follow in SCO's footsteps. Given that the company is no longer in the business of selling UNIX, it has no reason to pursue any copyright claims.
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butters
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2005-07-08

IBM won't buy a Linux vendor. Let me provide some insight into IBM's corporate culture. This is a company that watches its partners and competitors come and go over the years while it remains the iconic leader of business technology. If Novell fails, it will be survived by other Linux vendors. If Linux fails, it will be survived by other operating systems.

The industry will change, and IBM will float with the currents. The only thing that can harm IBM is sticking to its guns when everybody else is moving on. If Novell's time is up, then IBM will move on along with everybody else. They already made their bet-the-company move back in the 60s. They don't need to do it ever again.

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sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

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They already made their bet-the-company move back in the 60s.
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What was that move? I was a toddler back then and I guess I missed it. :-)

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butters Member since:
2005-07-08

They created System/360, a revolutionary line of mainframe computers that used transistors instead of vacuum tubes, featuring a common platform architecture and operating system across dozens of models. The R&D reportedly exceeded an unprecedented $1 billion in 1960s currency, but s/360 made IBM virtually untouchable in the computer industry for nearly two decades.

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elsewhere Member since:
2005-07-13

IBM won't buy a Linux vendor. Let me provide some insight into IBM's corporate culture. This is a company that watches its partners and competitors come and go over the years while it remains the iconic leader of business technology. If Novell fails, it will be survived by other Linux vendors. If Linux fails, it will be survived by other operating systems.


Novell isn't a linux vendor. They're a well established vendor of network/directory/management software solutions that also happens to distribute linux based solutions. The netware side of the business may be in decline, but there is still a significant install base and Novell has their hooks into many large enterprises around the world. Given the fact that IBM is Novell's largest reseller and that IBM is determined to expand their managed services offering in every which direction they can, I don't think a Novell acquisition would be out of the question. Plus they already have a not insignificant capital investment in Novell. It's either that or risk it dropping into somebody else's hands, say HP or Sun. Or worse.

But as to what would happen with the SUSE portion of the business, you raise a good point because I doubt IBM really wants to play there. But who knows? They've never forgiven RH for the JBoss acquisition and Oracle is beating the linux drum, so it might not be that far fetched.

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google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

Good post as usual butters. However, IBM bet the company again fairly recently, moving from a hardware company to an "eSolutions" company. This is why Linux is such a big deal to them, it is an OS they don't have to pay to build, and their clients don't have to pay to use. Sure they contribute, but the development effort they put in is a fraction of what it takes to roll and maintain your own OS. This is also why AIX has been languishing for so long.

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Languishing?
by chicklin on Thu 16th Aug 2007 13:44 in reply to "RE[5]: Novell will at least threaten to sue"
chicklin Member since:
2006-01-05

Explain to me how AIX is languishing. Last time I checked, they were poised to become the #1 commercial UNIX vendor in the world (if you don't count OSX), i.e. they were within a couple percentage points of Sun and gaining ground.

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