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Nov 06, 2003, 19:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Berlind, Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

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ZDNet: Is Novell-SuSE Deal a Brilliant Big Blue Power Play?

"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..."

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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 operating system.

"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..."

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