05.15.07

Novell’s CEO Denies Patent Infringement in Linux, Eyes Acquisitions

Posted in Deals, Finance, Microsoft, Novell, Patents, Ron Hovsepian at 11:04 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

In an update to a Reuters story, Novell’s CEO, Ron Hovsepian, expresses his disagreement and take on Microsoft’s claims.

Novell Chief Executive and President Ronald Hovsepian said Linux did not infringe on any patents. He told the Reuters Global Technology, Media and Telecoms Summit in New York on Tuesday that the deal with Microsoft was focused on not suing each other’s customers.

In another new item, Hovsepian talks about Novell’s deal with SAP (Microsoft made a SAP deal on the very same day). He also says that he is eying some acquisition.

“I would like to be acquiring in a couple of markets. Anything in the Linux market, systems and resources management and in the identity business,” Hovsepian said.

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