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It's Not Easy Being Green: Life for SUSE with Attachmate

Nov 30, 2010, 21:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Brockmeier)

[ Thanks to An Anonymous Reader for this link. ]

"Now we know who's buying Novell, but now what? The Attachmate deal, if it goes through, has some serious implications for the rest of the tech industry in 2011 and beyond. First, a quick disclaimer: I'm a former Novell employee, and worked for the company for two years, ending in January 2010. I don't have any stock or financial interest in the company. Now onto the news. I've written a bit about this on NetworkWorld when the deal was announced on Monday, November 22. To say the least, I was surprised that the deal went down like this. I was fairly sure, and was hopeful, that Novell would go to VMware. The, as they say, "synergy" between the SUSE part of Novell's business and VMware is pretty strong. Novell has been focusing a lot on SUSE Studio and virtualization through its "perfect guest," virtualization strategy. The company hasn't been focusing very hard on being a host platform for virtualization. That's not to say you can't use SUSE Linux Enterprise Server as a host platform — you can, but the focus has been on being a good guest."

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