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Novell Agrees to be Acquired by AttachMate; Sells Some IP to a MS-Organized Consortium

Nov 23, 2010, 03:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pamela Jones)

"Novell has sold itself to Attachmate Corporation. There is a side deal selling "certain intellectual property assets" to CPTN Holdings LLC, "a consortium of technology companies organized by Microsoft". SUSE goes to Attachmate, I gather, and will be a separate unit, so what goes to Microsoft's consortium?

"No doubt we'll find out in time. It is being reported that what it will get is 882 patents. Blech. But keep in mind that the WordPerfect litigation could be in this picture, and I wonder if this could be a kind of deal to tactfully settle it out, with Microsoft paying to end it this way? Nevertheless, selling any patents to Microsoft is like selling your baby to a pedaphile in the limited sense that you can reasonably predict what it will do with the acquisition.

"Novell's CEO is telling "valued customers" in an email that it's a merger agreement, that Novell believes "the transaction is great news for our customers," that all contracts will be honored, and that the IP sale to Linux's sworn enemy "will not impact customers", whatever that means."

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