More M&A: Novell sold itself to Attachmate

This is interesting. This is a new line of business for Attachmate, they aren’t in OSes, NOS, and other things directly related to this. I don’t quite understand the rationale behind the acquisition. I need to look at that one more. Best guess is that Attachmate is really a holding company with a loose connection of holdings, with not significant overlap.
In conjunction with this, Novell sold 882 patents to Microsoft. There is some concern in the community that Novell may have sold Unix IP to the holding company controlled by Microsoft as part of the deal.
Now Linux is not known to infringe upon Unix IP. SCO tried to claim infringement and ownership, and were unable to prove either.
It is possible that this happened. No one knows right now. The next few weeks and months could be pretty interesting if it did happen. We will see.

2 thoughts on “More M&A: Novell sold itself to Attachmate”

  1. Very interesting. Wonder what, if any, implications this has for the Mono ecosystem.

  2. @David
    Oh … I didn’t think of that.
    Microsoft often takes actions that don’t appear to be in their best interests in the broader scope, but might be construable as beneficial in a narrow view. Killing off mono rather than supporting and enhancing mono isn’t a wise move IMO. Narrow view would be forcing more people onto .NET on MSFT platforms. Wider view is removal of a cross platform tool with the consequent loss of design wins for … cross platform development platforms … I think this falls under the “cutting off a nose to spite your face” paradigm.
    I am sure there are other possibilities as well. Good catch!

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