In 2011 Novell sold the SUSE franchise to Attachmate, who has run it since, and a portfolio of patents to a Microsoft consortium. But now Novell shareholders are alleging the deal was cooked, and Novell’s board withheld information from another potential bidder to ensure Attachmate would win. From Groklaw: “Party C actually bid a bit higher than Attachmate. But the allegation is that Attachmate was favored with information that Party C was not given”. The news doesn’t affect Attachmate, who won the bid. But Novell’s Board of Directors is going to have some explaining to do.
Novell’s sale of SUSE to Attachmate questioned by court
2013-01-07 Novell and Ximian 5 Comments
Is it lame to post a response to the article you submitted yourself?
Who knows how these courts actually work (someone does, just not me). I just hope they don’t reverse the deal. As a SUSE fan, I think Attachmate has done better work on SUSE recently than Novell ever did.
Novell’s fascination with Gnome/Miguel de Icaza led to a lot of lost time switching interfaces and being indecisive, and losing a lot of the energy and head-start SUSE had from the early days when it was run by some clever Germans.
I’m not expecting revolutionary progress from Attachmate, but I still like the distro and hope the court decision doesn’t mean the distro goes back to Novell.