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Novell Could Buy a Virtualisation Company

With one major deal, another could soon follow. You may wish to head over to InforWorld's Open Sources where Matt Asay speculates that Novell will acquire XenSource or Altiris with the money it has received from Microsoft. XenSource is already collaborating with Microsoft (at least to at some level of capacity) and I suspect it has a new branch of operation in Redmond, WA. Its recent commercial moves seem to make this merger/acquisition probable.

XenSource, Inc., the leader in infrastructure virtualization solutions based on the open source Xen hypervisor, today announced XenEnterprise for Windows and Linux, the market's first commercially-packaged Xen virtualization solution supporting both Microsoft Windows and Linux guests.


If a merger as such (takeover rather, due to scale differences) ever became a reality, it would have a negative effect on rivalling GNU/Linux distributors such as Red Hat and Mandriva.

Note: We apologise for a downtime that was experienced earlier today. We have good reasons to suspect that there are/were malicious hacking attempts. We are still investigating this incident.

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