"I'm not the least bit surprised that the Wall Street
Journal is reporting that VMware will be buying Novell's Linux
business. After all, I suggested that VMware could really use
Novell's SUSE Linux for its future, and I also knew that Novell was
in hot and heavy merger and acquisition talks earlier this week. My
own sources have also now confirmed that VMware is Novell's suitor.
"I still don't know those critical questions of how much, when,
or any of the rest. According to the WSJ, and this I have been
unable to confirm, Novell's remaining assets, including NetWare,
Novell's old network operating system may end up in the hands of
"Attachmate, which is owned by private equity buyout firms, which
include Golden Gate Capital and Francisco Partners. Attachmate is a
30-plus year terminal emulation and networking company that could
probably do a good job of supporting the last of Novell's die-hard
NetWare customers. In short, this part of the reported deal also
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