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Bruce Perens' “Sun Buys Novell” Hypothesis

Far fetched until one looks closely

The Novell/Sun/SCO situation was last mentioned over the weekend. The value of Novell, as a technology company, is surprisingly low. Its market cap is so low that the ever-stagnating Sun Microsystems could buy it (if only it made sense despite the overlap in products). Here is how Bruce Perens put it the other day:

So in the article Bruce says "If pressured, Sun could buy out Novell without a problem, which would be the best end for Novell anyway."

So could this be a mouse that roared scenario? Make war on somebody in the hope that they will win and have to support you?


The main assets of Novell are perhaps considered to be software patents -- a legacy of its part glory. Other assets are less tangible too.

Microsoft's stock value took another dive yesterday and one person suggests that the company has lost over 100 billion in value over the past year alone. Bloomberg estimated the loss at $90 billion just over a week ago, but things have changed, and not for the better.

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