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SD Times: Novell Bulks Up on Linux Tools, Projects

Sep 03, 2003, 18:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Edward J. Correia)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"In 1999, Novell Inc. conceded that it would never again dominate the network operating system market with NetWare alone. Still licking wounds from disastrous office productivity crusades against Microsoft, the company shed its WordPerfect albatross, retrenched and embraced what was then an up-and-comer: Linux. It has been slowly melding its products and services with the open-source platform ever since.

"But Novell dived headfirst into Linux with the acquisition last month of privately held Ximian Inc., the Boston-based developer perhaps best known for its GNOME desktop Linux environment and the Mono project, an open-source implementation of Microsoft's .NET Framework. The company has retained all Ximian employees and has committed to advancing the projects. Financial details of the all-cash transaction were not disclosed.

"'We concluded that we weren't going to rule the world with NetWare,' said Novell spokesman Bruce Lowry, referring to the company's decision four years ago to pursue a Linux strategy..."

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