"There's no doubt about it. VMware wants to buy
Novell's SUSE Linux and open-source divisions. But, according to a
Reuters report, Novell's board really wants to sell NetWare and the
identity management divisions at the same time, and no one wants to
pay serious money for them.
"In addition, I've heard that other companies are interested in
buying Novell's SUSE Linux business. VMware may yet find itself in
a Linux bidding war.
"I haven't heard any names. Or, to be more exact, I haven't
heard any names that I think are likely to be serious bidders. Jay
Lyman, the open-source analyst for The 451 Group, thinks VMware
remains among the likely candidates, as does IBM or CA." He doesn't
think Oracle will be in the mix."
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