"Want to buy your very own Linux company? Two important
ones, Mandriva and Novell are looking for buyers.
"There's a world of difference though between the two. Mandriva,
which at one time was a major Linux distributor, is in serious
financial hot-water. Novell, which has been targeted by two hostile
takeovers attempts in the last few years, seems to have decided
that to either cash out or to wrestle control back from some of its
stockholders. At this point, it's hard to tell which goal Novell
actually has in mind.
"Mandriva's goal is clear though: it's simple survival. The
French-based company has never had an easy time of it."