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NewsForge: Why Timing of Novell Linux Chief Resignation, Microsoft Payoff is Rather Curious

Nov 10, 2004, 03:00 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jay Lyman, Chris Preimesberger)

"Before the dust whipped up by Linux executive Chris Stone's departure from Novell had begun to settle, the company announced today's $536 million settlement payment from Microsoft regarding Novell's NetWare. Industry insiders believe the timing of these two events--which happened within four days of each other--is curious, to say the least.

"Coincidence? That remains largely uncertain, but the two events nonetheless have become cause of discussion for some industry analysts, including Yankee Group senior analyst Dana Gardner and Gartner Group's John Enck..."

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