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"Old" Novell Board Faces Shareholder Lawsuit

Jan 10, 2013, 08:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Hall)

Not the downsized new and improved? Novell owned by Attachmate, though they have briefly been a part of this story. We;re talking about the old, basically inept Novell,the company that once practically owned enterprise networking back in the day when Bill Gates was shortsighted enough to believe that the future of computing was in stand alone and unconnected boxes. You know, the Novell that was second cousin, by way of Raymond Noorda and the Canopy Group, to SCO. The same Novell that decided to save their proprietary business by embracing open source and buying the SUSE Linux distribution in an attempt to reposition themselves as a poor man???s IBM sans hardware. In case you???ve forgotten???a couple of years can seem like several lifetimes in the tech world???this is the company that managed to sell the rights to UNIX to SCO without selling the copyrights. The company that, although mistrusted by many of us in the FOSS world, stepped up to the plate and spent a pocketful of cash defending these copyrights, thereby directly defending IBM and indirectly defending Linux.

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