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Apr 22, 2006, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"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 synergistically obvious..."

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