Novell’s Patents Are Complicating Its Sale
Sep 17, 2010, 16:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Asay)
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"After months on the auction block, Novell will be put out of
its misery and sold within the next three weeks, according to
credible sources. The only question is, why it has taken so long?
The answer, according to a source close to the company, is patents.
Big, juicy patents.
"After all, there's no real mystery to Novell's business (see
disclosure below). Most of its legacy product portfolio is just
that: a legacy of a bygone era when Novell was king of the
networking hill, with a suite of services built up to sustain and
advance that leadership. Products like GroupWise and Zenworks,
renamed and reorganized constantly to make them appear fresh and
new, have mainly sat on the shelf, as financial results
demonstrate, quarter after quarter.
"The crown jewel — Novell's SUSE Linux business —
has never gotten the mileage it deserved, shackled by Novell's weak
corporate brand. It was propped up only by a desperate deal with