09.13.08

Microsoft May Be Buying Its Competitors (Xen)

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Novell, Red Hat, Servers, Virtualisation, Windows at 4:47 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“We will do some buying of companies that are built around open-source products.”

Steve Ballmer

According to a Microsoft MVP (part of the family) who specialises in this area of virtualisation, Microsoft is poised to scoop up Citrix, along with XenSource which was acquired by it.

Last but not least I have to ask myself will this open up a space for companies like Ericom and Provision Networks as an alternative to Microsoft? I have to believe that those people who “hate” Microsoft, for whatever out of control reason, will use a non Citrix (Microsoft) solution to provide access to the Windows based applications they need. Not to mention that it would be interesting to see how the open-source world thinks about the XEN hypervisor being owned (sponsored) by Microsoft…. Heck, Red Hat your 107 million acquisition of Qumranet might be an even better buy than you imagined.

Maybe that’s the interesting announcement Crosby has promised.

All those who scolded us for suggesting Microsoft had ‘hijacked’ [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9] or taken Xen away from GNU/Linux might owe us an apology.

For the record, Novell’s market cap is much lower than that of Citrix. Novell stands at $1.99 billion, whereas Citrix is valued at $5.29 billion. However, as stated earlier, Novell is more useful to Microsoft when people perceive it as an open source company, so they permit Novellers to deform or poison GNU/Linux.

Novell acts as somewhat of a Microsoft insider beyond the borders where it’s still trusted by many. Whose patches and guidance should developers accept?

Antartica

Novell’s Market Cap Falls Below $2 Billion

Posted in Finance, Microsoft, Novell at 4:28 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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ovell’s financial problems (and possible fraud) had Microsoft become its master, which even relocates to Fargo, to an extent. While a full takeover is not seen on the rather grim horizon (Novell serves Microsoft better when it appears independent and can therefore intrude Microsoft’s competitors), it’s interesting to find how valueless NOVL has become. It sank below the $2 billion mark, according to Yahoo Finance.

To keep the stock from plunging, Novell is currently buying its own shares [1, 2]. More layoffs are still expected.

Novell - Google Finance

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