Novell to acquire SuSE Linux

By on November 4, 2003, 2:36 PM
The balance of Linux power shifted Tuesday, with Novell announcing an IBM-assisted plan to acquire SuSE Linux.

Longtime Microsoft foe Novell has signed an agreement to acquire SuSE Linux for $210 million in cash, while IBM, the most powerful backer of the Linux OS, will make a $50 million investment in Novell.

The moves, announced Tuesday, could boost the fortunes of SuSE, the No. 2 seller of Linux, increase the competitive pressure on No. 1 Red Hat, and provide a new direction for Novell's rivalry with Microsoft.

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Per Hansson said:
Good news!I bet Novell regret that they sold Unix way back in the late 80's when they actually owned them...I myself was getting a bit afaraid that Novell was on the downcline simply because they do not market themselves much at all anymore (comdex anyone)Hopefully this will all change and thus Novell can start to claim back the small firms that are more and more looking into the Windows alternative...However is it one thing Microsoft is good at it must be selling their products, I bet they could sell sand to a man in Saharah!Go Novell go!
Phantasm66 said:
They have bought Ximian Gnome as well ( [url]www.ximian.com[/url] ) so hopefully we will have a SuSE / Ximian hybrid that includes Novell Intranetware, Groupwise, etc very soon.
linujake said:
Novell must have been presured by ixsystems adoption of pc-bsd.lunujake[Edited by linujake on 2006-12-07 11:40:06]
linujake said:
ixsystems used to be bsdi which owned bsd os, I bet their adoption of pc-bsd is what pushed novell. I think its great SuSE linux will get a big boost from this.linujake
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