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Companies Weigh In on Novell's Acquisition of SUSE

Nov 05, 2003, 23:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

By Brian Proffitt
Managing Editor

As the open source community settles in to figuring out the pros and cons of yesterday's acquisition announcement from Novell, two commercial entities have already stepped up to add their endorsements of the planned buy of SUSE Linux AG.

Computer Associates weighed in by mid-afternoon, with a brief statement attributed to Sam Greenblatt, Sr. VP and Chief Architect of CA's Linux Technology Group: "CA feels this move is excellent for the industry and supports the two distribution environment. The excellent global support that Novell brings to the open source community will help continue market adoption of Linux from the desktop to the server. CA fully supports Novell/SUSE in their integration efforts and looks forward to working with them to continue CA solution support for SUSE Linux."

Not one to be left out, HP also but forth their own release concerning the move by Novell. This statement was unattributed, and was submitted by an HP representative to Linux Today's sister site, LinuxPR.

"HP noted with interest the announcement that Novell signed an agreement to acquire SUSE Linux," the statement read. "As the worldwide market leader in Linux from the desktop to the datacenter, HP is at the forefront of delivering Real World Linux for enterprise, SMB and technical computing customers and welcomes any additional focus that can enable customers to achieve the best return on IT.

"Novell's decision is another proof point of the importance of Linux to the enterprise computing market and reinforces HP's long-time position that a robust multi-OS strategy--Unix, Windows, and Linux--is the approach that will deliver the best value for enterprise customers.

"HP has a close partner relationship with Novell, having long enjoyed worldwide market leadership for both NetWare and Linux servers. HP also has a large user base of customers that have implemented SUSE Linux on HP platforms. We look forward to working closely with Novell, as well as other market-leading Linux distributors, in support of our real world Linux strategy to deliver open, cost-effective and comprehensive Linux solutions to customers in support of their business goals." Curiously, HP also felt compelled to mention their stance on indemnification concerning alleged IP violations surrounding Linux.

"The only major Linux vendor to offer customers indemnification against potential litigation from the SCO lawsuit, HP is pleased to extend this protection to qualified customers running Novell (or SUSE) Linux on HP hardware with an appropriate services contract."

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