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The Register's Suggestion: Novell and Microsoft's Partner of the Year Should Merge

Summary: Citrix and Novell would be better off sharing a bed, argues a UNIX/Linux expert from The Register

LAST MONTH we saw Timothy Prickett Morgan from IT Jungle and The Register suggesting that it would be wise for Novell to merge. A Citrix takeover had been mentioned before and this is fascinating as an option because Citrix is Microsoft's partner of the year for 2008. Novell already works quite closely with both Microsoft and Citrix.

Yesterday, Timothy Prickett Morgan repeated his suggestion that Novell and Citrix should merge:

Oracle and IBM are the obvious choices, and a case could be made for Hewlett-Packard or Microsoft buying Citrix, despite the relatively high price the company would command. A merger between Citrix and Novell would probably be the best thing to happen to Novell since it acquired SUSE Linux in 2003. It is not clear if this would be a good thing for Citrix.

Speaking of Novell and Oracle, here is a new post that speaks about both. It's negative news:

Novell looked around and found that Oracle had an ongoing open source project named OCFS2. It was a general purpose refactoring of original OCFS filesystem, which Oracle had developed years before to deal with clustering of its database product. So Novell decided to integrate OCFS2 into its Suse Linux Enterprise Server platform and advertise it as their top-notch mature filesystem for clustering in SAN environment.

Unluckily, what Novell marketing dept didn’t actually know is that OCFS2 has never been production-ready, yet.

Novell's marketing department lost its PR Director two years ago and the new guy is really bad. In general, Novell is a very dysfunctional company these days, so no wonder many seniors are leaving (as we last noted this morning).

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