Putting Novells SuSE Purchase Into Perspective

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2003-11-05 Print this article Print

The Linux loving NewsForge staff takes a long, comprehensive look at Novell's purchase of SuSE.

We listened to the "We all love each other and everything is going to be wonderful" press conference, looked at reactions from our readers to the original "Novell buys SuSE" announcement, monitored and asked questions in assorted IRC channels, and talked to contacts at Novell, SuSE, Ximian, and elsewhere. But whatever we say (or anyone else says) this week, dont expect the full effect of Novells SuSE purchase to be visible for at least two months; the deal wont be finalized until January, according to both companies managements

The press conference
by Robin Roblimo Miller
Novell CEO Jack Messman started the conference by using the word "exciting" twice in his two opening sentences and tossed in "excited" a couple more times during his first minute just to make sure we all understood what kind of event this was.

"Its about reducing barriers to Linux adoption," Messman said. That sounded nice. Here are some other statements he made, presented by us in fine executive bullet-point style:

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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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