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The End of the Penguin is Not Nigh

Nov 23, 2010, 13:32 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

[ Thanks to Amy Bennett for this link. ]

"We don't know for absolute sure that somewhere in the $2.2 billion acquisition of Novell by Attachmate and the "concurrent sale of certain intellectual property assets to CPTN Holdings LLC, a consortium of technology companies organized by Microsoft Corporation, for $450 million in cash" that those unidentified IP holding were, in fact, Novell's ownership of UNIX.

"True, a sale of UNIX to Microsoft is the sort of thing that conjures up the unlikeliest of outcomes--the kind of headlines that only too recently were atop April Fools' Day stories.

"And yes, it is troublesome that Microsoft, which leads the CPTN investment group, has so far declined to specify just what IP was part of the $450 million side deal. But not too troublesome--after all, that kind of uncertainty only works in Microsoft's favor for now."

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