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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RE[2]: Exciting
by gnufreex on Tue 23rd Nov 2010 22:42 in reply to "RE: Exciting"
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Yeah, Microsoft will simply destroy all Novell products if Attacmate tries to compete. I see two possible outcomes:

1) Attachmate gets drawn into Novell 2.0 game since they have no choice. Since Microsoft practicaly owns ground they walk on, they will do same as Novell: growl at microsoft's feet. (sad parts is that Novell didn't have to do that; they sought that stupid deal). Attachmate will probably end up helping Microsoft trap people into .NET trap only to buy "Microsoft approved" sticker for their products. That will in turn result in continuation of boycott of SUSE by Free Software community and, due to lack of quality caused by lack of community, businesses too. So SUSE is in for quick path to nowhere, while other Novell "assets" are nowhere already. When Microsoft decides that it had enough of Mono, they will simply cancel a patent peace and force it underground like RMS predicted, and then send a invoice to all users together with proposition of migration path to Vista 8.

2) Attachmate sees the writing on the wall (basically all I described above) and decides to do quick asset striping. First jack up the prices of all propriatary assets who still have some user-base. Sells off SUSE to highest bidder (while it still worth something). Make Mono proprietary and very expensive and start milking money from those few overzealous users that might still use it. Then when last users have left it, kill it off or sell it to highest bidder. Selling SUSE and killing mono might piss off Micorsoft (they don't want real competitor to own SUSE, and they want to use their carefully set up Mono trap for GNU/Linux users, not see it killed prematurely by somebody else) so they might sue Attachmate for using Mono patents in the first place... or something. Or they might sue buyers of other assets making sales and asset striping harder for Attacmate.

Interesting times ahead, but anyway you put it, Attachmate is boned. They bought the undead which is draging them in the grave. SUSE is already a has-been distro, even those who used it till now will move to Red Hat since nobody likes uncertainty. Other asets are all declining and Mono is 100% dependant on Microsoft; there is simply no money to be made on that other that Microsoft shill checks. Will all atachmate employees shill for Microsoft? I hope they have some more pride than Novellers.

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