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ServerWatch: Enterprise Unix Roundup: Larry Wants Some Linux

Apr 22, 2006, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Amy Newman, Brian Proffitt)

"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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