More Pundits' Takes on Novell/SUSE
Nov 06, 2003, 19:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Berlind, Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)
Desktop-as-a-Service Designed for Any Cloud ? Nutanix Frame
ZDNet: Is Novell-SuSE Deal a Brilliant Big Blue Power
"As Novell CTO Alan Nugent told me yesterday, notwithstanding a
$50 million injection from IBM, his company's decision to acquire
Linux distributor SuSE was backed by a significant amount of market
and technical rationale. But legally speaking--an area where Nugent
offered me only a peek--the move may go down in history as pure
chess brilliance on behalf of IBM and Novell in one of this
industry's most notorious power struggles.
"Although no official from Novell or IBM would come out and say
it, a reading between the various official lines reveals how IBM
may have cleverly dodged the Linux indemnification issue while
ripping the legal rug right out from under SCO..."
eWeek: Novell's Best Move Ever
"Novell buying SuSE may be the smartest thing either company
ever did. Yes, I'm serious.
"Think about it. Novell had great stuff all down the enterprise
line: first-class directory services with eDirectory; rock-solid
groupware with GroupWise; the exteND suite is as good a Web
services and application server platform that's out there today;
the list goes on and on. There was only one thing missing: an
"Listen, I liked NetWare as much as anyone did, but it's been a
long, long time since NetWare 3.11 was the local area network
operating system of choice. Slowly, but at an ever-increasing rate,
NetWare customers were turning to Unix, Linux or (oh, the agony of
it all!) Windows operating systems. And, nothing, but nothing, was
ever going to bring NetWare back..."