Novell Snaps Up Ximian

from the that-came-out-of-nowhere dept

Lots of surprise this morning in various circles about Novell buying up well-known Linux software maker Ximian. It sounds like a case where both companies were struggling a bit with direction. Novell provides money, customers, and “big corporate brand name”, and Ximian provides well-known, widely used (and sometimes quite innovative) Linux apps. So, the question now is whether or not this provides the necessary boost for both companies.

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Ed Halley says:

Re: Mutiny in the ranks?

I’d guess since they were co-founders, they were instrumental in making the deal. You probably didn’t see much mention of it from Novell’s website before the official announcement either. We’ll see in a few days. Strategic announcements are stronger when there’s a little surprise to it… it got a lot of press mentions.

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