The Wall Street Journal published an interesting article analyzing the
acquisition of Novell by Attachmate. Here are a couple excerpts:

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Novell's Final Chapter as a Public Company
By Rolfe Winkler

Not with a bang but a whimper goes Novell.
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However, it is interesting that no strategic bidders stepped forward,
especially for Novell's business selling a supported version of the
open-source Linux operating system. That could suggest that rivals don't
think much of the Linux business long term, perhaps a negative indicator for
dominant Linux player Red Hat.
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The full text is available here:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...861602136.html

-Bob Carroll