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“Novell is UNIX” But Who Buys Novell?

Summary: An old video gets pulled from the days of UnixWare and the vocation of Novell's UNIX is pondered in light of asset sales at Novell and SCO

LAST WEEK someone from the United States (ked) uploaded this old UnixWare video from Novell:

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The video is from 94 and it says "Novell is UNIX" at the end. That's still true, even though SCO wishes to dispute it.

Groklaw is still catching up with missing (undocumented) parts of the SCO case, gradually exposing more parts of the March trial. Here's some of the latest:

Let's continue with the second part of the events of Day 9 at the second SCO v. Novell trial, before the Hon. Ted Stewart, a continuation of this article, part 1, where you'll find the complete transcript as text. We ran out of space, so you may want to open up the previous article alongside this one, so you can follow along with the transcript.

So we're still talking about the events on March 18, 2010. When we left off, Dr. Christine Botosan was on the stand, enduring cross examination by Novell's lawyer, Sterling Brennan. I do mean enduring, because she was very much on the defensive, and as you will see, it gets worse for her.

SCO's software assets are up for sale now and so are Novell's. So what about UNIX?

"Another SCO Creditor Sells Its Claim to Argo," Groklaw says:

Tech Marketing Ink of Orem, Utah, a creditor in the SCO bankruptcy, has sold its claim to Argo Partners. I guess it figured a bird in the hand and all that. At this point, the company may feel that there's no getting blood from a stone and the likelihood of getting paid by SCO in bankruptcy court is slim. You can sell your claim if anyone will buy it, usually for a price that may be less than you are owed, but at least you have something. In real money. In a real world.

Novell's sale is very important not just because of SUSE (with liabilities from the notorious Microsoft deal) and Novell's many software patents; it's also important because of UNIX, which needs to be put in safe hands such as IBM's. A dead Novell is in some ways more menacing than a Novell that's alive and helping Microsoft.

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