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Wall Street Journal Confirms VMware is Looking to Buy SUSE

Posted in Novell, OpenSUSE, Servers, Virtualisation, VMware at 7:30 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Murdoch’s press says more about VMware’s plan to buy SUSE

It’s hardly just a rumour or a mere speculation anymore. Rumours about Novell being split and sold [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6] are now developing into concrete evidence. One article jointly written by Microsoft’s booster Ben Worthen for Mudoch’s press says that “VMware is pursuing Novell’s SUSE Linux operating system business, these people said. Attachmate Corp., a private-equity backed software company, could end up buying some or all of the remaining assets, including NetWare, Novell’s network operating system. Attachmate, which is owned by buyout investors including Golden Gate Capital and Francisco Partners, sells software to companies running older IT applications.

“VMware is hardly a desktop-oriented company, so OpenSUSE should seriously start thinking about a fork.”“Novell is most likely to sell its Linux business to VMware, although the two sides still differ on valuation, the people familiar with the matter said. Analysts say the Linux business, which has tools for managing virtualized operating systems, will strengthen VMware’s presence in cloud computing, a catch-all term for software and services accessed over the Web The company may decide not to sell its remaining assets to Attachmate if it decides that the price being offered is too low, the people said.”

We have already explained why this is bad news. We have this page about VMware’s recent history (victim of Microsoft “Slog”, then entryism, just like Yahoo! in some ways). VMware is hardly a desktop-oriented company, so OpenSUSE should seriously start thinking about a fork.

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  1. Yuhong Bao said,

    September 16, 2010 at 7:45 pm


    On MS entryism, not to say it is impossible, but I’d take a “innocent until proven guilty” approach. I would not filter all MS employees out because of it. Who is Needs Sunlight, BTW?

    twitter Reply:

    If they are working for Microsoft in any executive capacity, they are guilty. Microsoft employees suffer more of the companies lies by proximity, so low level people can be innocent but we know from Comes vrs Microsoft emails exactly how evil the executives are. It is no surprise that Gates is comfortable mixing with tobacco people and Communists from China. “Evagelism is War” says it all, and all of their executives are happy to destroy other companies. After so many examples, only a fool would trust people from Microsoft.

    dyfet Reply:

    It is not just a question of their corporate leadership but also a consequence of policies somewhat unique to Microsoft that creates and promotes sociopaths, basically by creating a rank system and advancement process that effectively rewards not competence but rather those who are best able to sabotage their co-workers/co-competitors and can manipulate well their immediate management. So yes, there is actually a much larger possibility of getting someone who lies, cheats, and is incompetent in hiring a former Microsoft employee than hiring someone many (one hopes most) other corporations.

  2. Mikko said,

    September 17, 2010 at 8:47 am


    next news if vmware buys suse is microsoft sues vmware for patents in mono and moonlight +more

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