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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TemporalBeing
Member since:
2007-08-22

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.

http://www.google.com/finance?q=novell+vs+vmware


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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Flatland_Spider Member since:
2006-09-01

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.

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 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? ;)

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TemporalBeing Member since:
2007-08-22

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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