Microsoft loses with prominent role in Novell deal

Fred A. Miller fmiller at
Thu Dec 2 05:07:22 GMT 2010

Press and blogger coverage of Novell's acquisition by Attachmate
has identified EMC VMware, previously a rumored Novell suitor
and possibly even Linux and open source in general as being hurt by the
acquisition. That coverage has presented the acquisition as having a
positive or -- at worst -- neutral impact on Microsoft's competitive
position with both VMware and Linux. However, the truth is that
Microsoft has lost more than it has won in its decision to pull together
a consortium to buy some Novell patents to help raise funds for
Attachmate's acquisition of Novell.

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