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InfoWorld: Memo to Microsoft : Buy Novell or JBoss, or Both

Oct 30, 2005, 17:00 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dave Rosenberg)

"In a previous post I suggested that Microsoft buy JBoss. After much thought and discussion, I think that Microsoft should also buy Novell (market cap of $2.8 billion). Not only would this give MS an instant place in the open source market but it would also allow them to cut marketing expenses geared toward killing Linux. With just RedHat left as the main enterprise Linux vendor IBM or HP would have to buy RedHat before MS stomped them out of existence. Novell sits with $1.6 billion in cash and revenues of $1.8 billion. This is far better than RedHat's $517 million in cash and revenues of $235 million, despite what Matt Szulik might lead us to believe..."

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