Free Software Magazine: Will Microsoft Buy Novell?
Mar 17, 2007, 01:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Edward Macnaghten)
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"The answer to that question is probably not, though the thought
had crossed my mind. In a way they already have done in a small
way, they have given Novell approximately a quater's worth of net
profit in return for what appears to be a cut of all Open
Enterprise and SUSE Linux sales. Although no shares have changed
hands, this, in itself, seems to me to be a kind of 'virtual'
company sale. This is even not considering the palaver regarding
the patent covenants....
"During this last week I asked someone much wiser than myself
'How come a company like Novell can be so easily duped?,' I then
quickly followed it on with the question 'Or am I simply missing
something important here?' He then asked me what I meant and I
proceeded to explain my thoughts..."