"The speculation won't go away. Several companies
apparently have bid to acquire Novell. Some pundits think VMware is
among the bidders. Why's that? The short answer involves a mutual
enemy called, um, Red Hat (assuming you believe the rumor). Here's
"First, let's look at recent developments:
* March 2010: Novell rejects unsolicited takeover bid from
Elliot Associates, a private equity firm. But Novell says it's
willing to listen to other takeover offers.
* May 20, 2010: Novell apparently sets a deadline for companies
to submit potential takeover bids for Novell's business."
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