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CNET News: All Shook Up in Linux Land

Nov 04, 2003, 20:30 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

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"In one fell swoop, the moves dramatically alter the Linux landscape:

  • "It joins SuSE's partnerships and considerable influence in the Linux market with Novell's sales network, customer base and cash. On July 31, Novell had $739 million in cash and marketable securities.
  • "It gives Novell a second chance to take on Microsoft, applying the lessons it learned a decade ago when its NetWare operating system for servers lost out to Windows--and this time, Novell will also be able to sell an operating system for desktop computers. Microsoft already has Linux in its crosshairs.
  • "It could reshape the dispute between Unix owner SCO Group and its two legal adversaries, IBM and leading Linux seller Red Hat. Novell--a company that has retained significant rights from its former ownership of Unix--now has a strong vested interest in Linux. SuSE, meanwhile, believes its former alliance with SCO shields it, an assertion SCO denies..."

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