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Novell finally sold

Today Novell announced it had finally found a final buyer. Attachmate will buy the company for $6.10 a share, value at about $2.2 billion. Novell has been looking for a buyer for some time, so this is no surprise. Attachmate will split Novel into two business units, Novell and SUSE.

The interesting part is Microsoft appears to be buying $450 million worth of intellectual property as part of the deal. I say appears because it is actually going to CPTN Holdings LLC, which is a consortium of technology companies organized by Microsoft Corporation.

Novel and Microsoft have a long history of lawsuits, especially intellectual property related. Theoretically this $450 million dollar purchase is to end this tradition.

I will be keeping an eye on the IP acquisition to see how that turns out. But as for the purchase of Novell.. Does it really matter??  I’m almost interested in what happens to SUSE, but have no opinion on Novell itself.

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