November 23, 2010

Bye Bye, Novell

One of the companies that made the history of computing is now gone.

As you probably know, Novell, one of the companies that made the history of computing is now gone, was bought by Attachmate for 2.2 billions. I remember Novell from the days they were THE networking company and the days they were partnering with Borland (another big company now defunct) on an anti-Microsoft Office offer.

But more recently, among the developers, Novell was followed for its Mono open-source effort (strongly supported by Delphi Prism). It is not clear what will come of it, as Larry O'Brien suggests.

For Delphi developers, it is also interesting to know that Novell is now (at least partially) a sister company of Embarcadero (as Olaf mentioned), since Embarcadero owner Thoma Bravo also partially owns Attachmate, Novell buyer.

I personally hope Suse will prosper (even if I stopped using it long ago for Ubuntu) and that Mono is not in trouble (Miguel seems to have no doubt) as we need alternatives. As for Microsoft, hope they don't misuse the IP it acquired in any negative way against open source projects. I doubt, but you never know. Shelling out 450 millions for IP rights and no product is no small deal.

 





 

4 Comments

Bye Bye, Novell 

Surely MS won't misuse the acquired IP. But I guess 
many may not like how they will use it... <G>.
Comment by Luigi D. Sandon on November 24, 14:37

Bye Bye, Novell 

I'm not sure if this is good for Delphi. 2.2 billion is 
a lot of money. 

Embarcadero has so many database tools that you'd expect 
Delphi to somehow benefit from that technology-wise, but 
so far not much has changed on the database side of 
things.
Comment by Wouter on November 24, 16:13

Bye Bye, Novell 

 While I respect Olaf a lot his blog is named

>> ..... .NET Philosophy, ....

This synergy I don't see. I was not surprised to see 
Jim Lines as Chief Financial Officer also on the Thoma 
Bravo Website ... Venture Capital and EMB behaves like 
this ... EMB is an MS Shop and they behave like this.

Toma Bravo aquire MSI too... Delphi will soon have own 
mainboards:) the Delphi Jumper ... that limits the 
registers bits to 32 in 100 years too .... Man. This 
is now solved at the Hardware level, or what....

Strange theories ... all over the planet. They simply 
need something for the catalouge to sell this the 
whole bunch to M$ or whoever.
Comment by Michael Thuma on November 24, 20:21

Bye Bye, Novell 

See also Nick's comment at <a 
href="http://www.nickhodges.com/post/Novell-Attachmate-
and-
Embarcadero.aspx">http://www.nickhodges.com/post/Novell-
Attachmate-and-Embarcadero.aspx</a> 
Comment by Marco Cantu [http://www.marcocantu.com] on November 26, 07:44


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