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Forbes: Novell, Silicon Graphics Were Made for Each Other

Sep 06, 2000, 15:14 (5 Talkback[s])
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"Here's a suggestion: Novell and Silicon Graphics should merge. That way, we'd have to worry about just one big tech company that's taking longer to die than Generalissimo Franco."

"Think of the synergies! Novell's networking software has been trampled by competition--mainly Microsoft'd Windows NT and, more recently, Linux. Silicon Graphics has a similarly sad tale on the hardware side. Its workstations and servers have been ground to dust in the market by IBM, Sun Microsystems and Hewlett-Packard...."

"There sure isn't much to toast right now. SGI is trying mightily to stage a turnaround under Bob Bishop, a board member who took over as chief executive a year ago in August when Rick Belluzzo jumped ship to join Microsoft. Bishop has jettisoned several divisions and sold the moneylosing Cray supercomputer operation. The company has refocused on its strengths--technical computing and graphics--while placing a sizable bet on Linux. Whether Bishop's moves will pay off remains to be seen. SGI lost $608 million in its latest quarter."

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