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Enterprise Linux IT: SuSE Deal Could Make Novell Ripe for Acquisition

Nov 10, 2003, 16:00 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Erika Morphy)

"Now that the initial reactions to Novell's US$210 million acquisition of SuSE Latest News about SuSE Linux have passed--and questions on the who, what, when and how much of the deal have been answered--the broader implications are beginning to hit home in the Linux community.

"For example, what, if anything, does this mean for the SCO Group's legal action against IBM? (Really, no one knows--although Novell is confident it is on safe ground.) Also, how serious a challenge will this present to Microsoft in the server marketplace? (A much more serious challenge than either SuSE on its own, or Novell on its own, or Red Hat).

"Is this good or bad for Red Hat? (Good, Aberdeen Group analyst Bill Claybrook decided, as it makes Red Hat the largest Linux distributor in the world but also the only major independent one left). Is this good or bad for the Linux community in general? (Good -- Novell NetWare users will get access to Linux)..."

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