Novell cedes its independence after years of struggle to find a new direction. A Microsoft-led group buying 882 Novell patents throws in nearly a quarter of the purchase price.
VMware will standardize its virtual appliance-based products on Novell's Suse Linux Enterprise Server to try to ward off a growing threat from Microsoft.
Eucalyptus started out in academics, but has a solid business plan for making its "infrastructure as a service" open-source platform the center of the cloud-computing universe.
Company took a hit in the fourth quarter, but a new product suggests a way forward for the erstwhile software leader.
Linux, and Red Hat in particular, provides an effective check on Microsoft's ambitions to own the operating-system market. How many distributions is optimal?
Novell claims to be the application leader for Linux, but its count doesn't stand up to even mild scrutiny.
Novell is introducing a new program to make it easier to leave Red Hat.
Novell could still crater. But it's looking increasingly unlikely that its SUSE Linux or Identity Management businesses will. These can provide the backbone for growth across the board. I still wish the company would dump the patent agreement as it fou
Virtualization software support means Novell's venerable NetWare operating system now can run directly alongside Suse Linux.
What can I say? Even the most opinionated among us are sometimes wrong. I just happen to be wrong more than most. :-)