[CS-FSLUG] Microsoft loses with prominent role in Novell deal

Fred A. Miller fmiller at lightlink.com
Wed Dec 1 23:07:55 CST 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.


"Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not."
Thomas Jefferson

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