$2.2bn Attachmate buy done and dusted
The sale of former local-area networking powerhouse Novell to Attachmate has been completed.
The $2.2bn sale was first announced in November, and it ends the independent life of a once-dominant network operating system vendor. In later years, its original market snuffed out by Microsoft, the company had become the home of the SUSE Linux distribution, only to find its new market overtaken by the likes of Ubuntu.
Completion of the sale was contingent on the sale of a portfolio of 882 Novell patents to a consortium, CPTN, whose members include Microsoft, EMC and Apple. The US Department of Justice cleared the patent sale after making adjustments to it last week.
Attachmate will operate the Novell and SUSE brands as separate business units, with Novell to be headquartered in its original home of Provo, Utah. ®
please don't piss on our wake. Some of us remember Novell's Netware fondly, and are reminiscing over the demise of the company, and the loss of a solid Network Operating System that kept many of our kids fed. Sure, we're going to bash Microsoft because, well, it's Microsoft. So please take your evanescent pro-MS bleatings into another thread and leave us to our mourning, OK? Someday it will be your turn to sit around in a forum and mourn the death of Microsoft, and you'll have scant patience for some turnip who comes in and brashly defends whatever it was that killed Microsoft.
Ah the joy of ODI.
Netx, LSL and the like. Scrabbling around for a floppy with the right drivers. Happy days.
We used to see how long we could leave servers running, - even putting off upgrades - just because we could. I think the highest we got to was about 1 1/2 years, but there were plenty of reports of people getting to 4 years plus, and even one where they 'lost' the server because a wall had been built around the it and noone had noticed.
It hads its quirks, but give it its due - Netware had stability that it had no right to when you consider the hardware it ran on.
Was much better than Windows NT - they had a cheek to call it a server.
Nothing but good memories of it here.