"We were still pondering the impact of Red Hat's pending
acquisition of JBoss and mulling over its possible ramifications
for Novell, when the latest rumor in Linuxland surfaced: Oracle
will buy Novell.
"And if not Novell, some other Linux vendor will soon find its
headquarters shifted to Redwood Shores, Calif. Later, it emerged
that if Oracle didn't buy a distro it would build its own, a move
that has many in the community crying foul.
"We were, as usual, skeptical. Often the loudest rumors yield
the least truth. Acquisition announcements on that scale (read: Red
Hat/JBoss) generally appear at first blush out of left field.
Later, when the analysts and pundits have weighed in, they seem
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