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Internet Week: Linux's New Best Friend

Nov 11, 2003, 23:30 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Larry Greenemeier)

"Will the combination of an old-line proprietary software company with roots in Utah and an up-and-coming open-source distributor in Nuremberg, Germany, add to Linux's momentum? That's the thinking behind Novell's planned acquisition of SuSE Linux AG for $210 million, disclosed last week, which brings together Novell's large installed customer base with SuSE's business-ready Linux operating system. It may be the best of two worlds--if Novell can pull it off.

"Already, Novell is getting some help: IBM says it will invest $50 million in Novell. The deal shows that 'Linux is continuing to make its way into the mainstream,' says Tony Iams, a senior analyst with DH Brown Associates. 'Some people may see it as the passing of an era, the freewheeling, grassroots time when everything was free...'"

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