A Novell Auction Would Be Bad for Open Source

Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jun 2, 2010 2:48 AM EDT
OStatic; By Sam Dean
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Once again, the buzz has grown surrounding rumors that Novell may soon be snapped up in a buyout. As many as 20 companies may have registered bids for the company, according to the Wall Street Journal. Matt Asay notes that an auction of the company could become a patent troll bonanza, and I have to agree. Let's remember that Novell is no spring chicken. It owns lots of patents and lots of legacy applications. Overall, it would not be good to see Novell bought out, partly because it's one of the few U.S.-based public companies focused primarily on open source.

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Agreed; this could be bad KernelShepard 2 906 Jun 2, 2010 11:55 AM

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