Whispers...Red Hat had first dibs on buying SUSE

Who took first and longest look at buying SUSE? Not Novell. The answer is Red Hat.

In an attempt to turn this blog into a gossip rag, I'm going to "start" posting unsubstantiated (Meaning, true or almost certainly true but with sources that I can't reveal) rumors. Fiction is always more fun. :-)

In this case, however, it's the truth. First in line to acquire SUSE back in the day was...Red Hat. Matthew Szulik decided to pass on the opportunity and, well, the rest is history. Ironic, isn't it? With whom would Microsoft have done its patent deal had Novell not been around? Would Ubuntu have started sooner to fill the competitive Linux void?

We'll never know....

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    Matt Asay is chief operating officer at Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Prior to Canonical, Matt was general manager of the Americas division and vice president of business development at Alfresco, an open-source applications company. Matt brings a decade of in-the-trenches open-source business and legal experience to The Open Road, with an emphasis on emerging open-source business strategies and opportunities. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mjasay.

     

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