SuSE Linux has enlisted the backing of server-software maker Veritas Software, an important step in supporting the needs of business computing and keeping up with top Linux seller Red Hat. In the meantime, Novell tried to buy SUSE, sources say.
SuSE Signs Up Key Software Partner
2003-10-27 SuSE, openSUSE 8 Comments
This is likely a fake, as it’s a fact that the German government has no stakes in SuSE. And RedHat is said to worth 2 billions in comparison.
“Well, well, well, well, well. We have it on very good authority that Novell just tried and failed to buy SUSE to add to its Ximian acquisition.”
Could be just a rumor but if it’s not…Good. If Novell really wanted to do *Nix they should have never let go of System V. Never even liked the idea of them owning Gnome, much less Suse.
It is not a “stakes” issue as one would expect in the way of monetary involvement or some such thing, the only issue could be if this would have meant the formation of a *monopoly* — this is of course hillarious + frivolous to think of in connection with Linux.. 😉 Sorry peeps, don’t blame the gov if this deal didn’t pan out…
Red Hat’s market capitalization is higher than SuSE’s because SuSE is not a public company. Were it publicly traded, its value would be much more difficult to purchase.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Novell did try to by a Linux distribution company, though, since Novell has a large store of cash that it needs to spend in order to get back in the black.
But buying SuSE would be somewhat contradictory for N because of its very close affiliation with KDE right after Novell bought the primary GNOME company.
This is very likey a just a hoax, just creating a bit of interest through speculative assertion. Anyway german government has no stakes in suse – that wouldn’t even be legal.
maybe they refer to the transition to linux of the munich government, but that is simply a contract were the gov is the customer so to speak.
“he only issue could be if this would have meant the formation of a *monopoly*”
If Novell aquired Suse + Ximian, you could hardly call it a Monopoly!!!
Actually, it would make perfect sense. Novell is developing their services on top of Linux, why not have a native Linux distribution for their product. Would make a lot of sense for Novell and make life a lot easier on the development side of things. As far Novell attempting to build a monopoly… hehehe, good one.
Personally I think that would have been bloody marvellous if they had bought SuSE.
The weight of public and business opinion (certainly in the linuxsphere) would keep them honest about it. Novell have come back from the brink and this kind of acquisition lined up with the Ximian (not Gnome) acquisition giving linux provision across novell services with some of the best setup tools (YaST) and best desktop (IMO) XD2 just sounds hubba hubba to me.
And please, monopoly?
You have not experienced true joy as a network admin unless you have administered Novell…
Why? They already owned Unix once and didn’t do anything with except take a major loss when they sold it. They could have had their own Unixware. And NOW they want to get in the linux distribution business? Why don’t they just buy SCO, and we can all be rid of Darl and his band of losers.
No, I think SUSE is better off without Novell.