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Who really bought Novell? Microsoft.

Nov 23, 2010, 20:02 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

[ Thanks to Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for this link. ]

"Who really bought Novell? Of course, I know that Attachmate is the company that's on record as purchasing Novell for $2.2-billion, while Microsoft shelled out $450 million for some Novell intellectual property. But tell me, where did Attachmate get $2.2-billion? Could it have been Microsoft? I think so.

"I've covered Attachmate over the years, so I knew who they were when the news broke that Attachmate had purchased Novell. What I couldn't see was where the heck they had gotten the money for the deal. Attachmate's main business over the years has been software terminal emulation. That's a business line that's been dying ever since the Web came along in the early 90s."

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