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Micro Focus spends $540m to add Serena its software brand museum

Micro Focus International is splashing out $540m to scoop up Serena Software – or more specifically, its recurring maintenance revenues, to add to its stable of once great, now slightly dusty software brands. LSE-listed mainframe specialist Micro Focus is simultaneously raising $216m in a placing to help pay for the deal, …
Joe Fay, 22 Mar 2016
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Micro Focus guillotine will fall more frequently on Novell necks

Novell seems to be bearing the brunt of the mammoth restructuring that parent company Micro Focus is currently executing, say our sources close to the situation. This week, Micro Focus issued a profit warning based on the strengthening dollar and went public on a review of the group – trading brands include The Attachmate Group …
Paul Kunert, 10 Apr 2015
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Ex-Insight director Griffiths moves to CMS Distribution

Former Insight EMEA director Justin Griffiths has rocked up at ambitious tech supplier CMS Distribution. Griffiths almost seemed part of the fixtures and fittings at Insight - he worked at the business in various roles for more than a decade - but exited late last year. He confirmed on LinkedIn that he has started at CMS as …
Paul Kunert, 26 Mar 2015

Microsoft to Android OEMs: 'Show me the money'

Exclusive Microsoft has reserved the right to nail firms making Android devices running its Office suite for possible Windows patent infringements. The giant has decided against signing a licence with Open Invention Network (OIN), a group of 1,300 companies dedicated to defending Linux against patent suits. Signing an OIN licence could …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Mar 2015
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NetWare sales revive in China thanks to that man Snowden

Worries about US spying in China have sparked new interest in Novell's venerable NetWare product line. NetWare ruled the LANS of the early 1990s, providing file, print and directory services in the days of client/server. Like so many other companies of the era, Novell struck trouble once Microsoft arrived in its patch. Windows …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Oct 2014
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SUSE Linux owner Attachmate gobbled by Micro Focus for $2.3bn

Attachmate, the software shop that headhunted Novell and SUSE Linux, is itself being bought out by Micro Focus International. The mainframe and COBOL specialist is acquiring Attachmate Group from its parent company Wizard in a deal calculated at $2.3bn before costs. Micro Focus is taking Attachmate Group in exchange for 86.60 …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Sep 2014

Linux duo land $54m VC Xamarin cash bag

Two leading lights in open source and mobile have landed $54m in funding for their company. Xamarin, founded by Nat Friedman and Miguel de Icaza in 2011, announced today that it has been awarded the cash in its third funding tranche since July 2012. VCs have now poured a total of $82m into Xamarin, which lets devs build …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Aug 2014

Factory-fresh delivery: Get your OpenSUSE fix daily

Open-sourcers running OpenSUSE’s development have adopted a browser-based model of development for their beloved distro. From now on, daily builds of new versions of OpenSUSE are to be developed and released for immediate testing. SUSE Linux was owned by Novell, which opened distro development to outside contributors in 2005 …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Aug 2014
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Microsoft no longer a top Linux kernel contributor

After making headlines with its unexpectedly voluminous contributions to the Linux kernel in 2012, Microsoft has all but disappeared from the Linux development scene, according the latest report from the Linux Foundation. The last edition of the Foundation's annual Linux kernel development report saw Microsoft break into the …
Neil McAllister, 16 Sep 2013

How Novell peaked, then threw it all away in a year

Netware 4.0 Anniversary One grey morning in the mid 1990s, your writer was bundled on a plane and flown to somewhere in Germany - it might have been Dusseldorf - to attend the Olympics. Not those Olympics. The inaugural Certified NetWare Engineer Olympics. Marketing for tech companies is tricky, and all the harder in the '90s, when sci-fi visions of …
Joe Fay, 25 Jul 2013

How the clammy claws of Novell NetWare were torn from today's networks

Anniversary Before the internet, local area networks were the big thing. A company called Novell was the first to exploit the trend for connecting systems, ultimately becoming "the LAN king" with its NetWare server operating system. There were alternatives to Novell and NetWare in the 1990s - 3Com’s 3+Share, for example – but such was its …
Liam Proven, 16 Jul 2013
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SUSE Linux tunes up for latest iron with SP 3

SUSE Linux is juicing its Enterprise Server 11 variant of Linux with Service Pack 3. Among many nips and tucks, the SP3 update brings support for new and emerging hardware to the operating system. The company, the open source operating system arm of the Attachmate conglomerate owned by the private equity trio of Francisco …
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SUSE updates Studio server appliance maker with native KVM

SUSE Linux, like everybody else, wants to build your cloud. And the German software company, which is part of the Attachmate collective, thinks the combination of its chameleon-colored Linux operating system, its SUSE Studio server appliance fabrication tools, its SUSE Manager system management tools, and its SUSE Cloud …
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Gnome cofounder: Desktop Linux is a CHERNOBYL of FAIL

Gnome project cofounder and current Xamarin CTO Miguel de Icaza says he's done wrestling with Linux on the desktop, and that he now uses Apple kit exclusively for all of his workstation needs. De Icaza is well known in the open source community for developing a number of client-side technologies for Linux, including the …
Neil McAllister, 06 Mar 2013
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Judge OKs Novell investor suit over Attachmate sale

A judge in the Delaware Court of Chancery has ruled that members of Novell's board who approved the company's sale to Attachmate must defend their decision in court against allegations that they acted in bad faith by ignoring competitive offers from other parties. Novell's board of directors voted to accept Attachmate's $2.2bn …
Neil McAllister, 08 Jan 2013

Bolshy investor sinks teeth into weakened Emulex, tears off another chunk

Under-performing storage network adaptor outfit Emulex is being stalked by activist hedge fund investor Elliott Management, run by billionaire Paul Singer. Elliott snaffled up an extra 1.34 per cent stake in the firm to bring its slice up to 11.3 per cent, making it the largest shareholder. This represents the best hope for …
Chris Mellor, 14 Dec 2012
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Xamarin tool lets devs build .Net apps for Mac OS X

Cross-platform developer tools vendor Xamarin has released Xamarin.Mac, a new toolkit that allows developers to build applications for deployment to Apple's Mac App Store using Microsoft's C# language and the .Net Framework. "With the release of Xamarin.Mac, it is now possible to build apps in C# for over 2.2 billion devices …
Neil McAllister, 12 Dec 2012
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SUSE joins Canonical and Red Hat in using Ceph to puff OpenStack cloud

Now that OpenStack is a technically viable infrastructure cloud controller, all of the main Linux distributors are lining up to have a go. Some have embedded OpenStack in their Linuxes but others have chosen to create a separate OpenStack distribution that rides on their Linuxes, makes use of the KVM hypervisor, and will carry …
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Xamarin links mobile apps with Microsoft cloud services

Xamarin, the mobile app dev company founded by the creators of the open source Mono project, have partnered with Microsoft to bring support for Windows Azure Mobile Services to apps that are running on Android and iOS devices. Redmond announced its Mobile Services offering in August as a quick and easy way for mobile app …
Neil McAllister, 21 Sep 2012
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SUSE updates Linux control freak

SUSE Linux, the division of software conglomerate Attachmate that develops and sells the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server distribution of Linux, is hosting its SUSECon user and developer conference this week in Orlando, Florida and is using the occasion to launch SUSE Manager 1.7, a substantial update to the Linux server control …
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Achtung Penguin! SUSE tunes up Linux for SAP

It seems natural enough that SUSE Linux and SAP would be technical allies; both hail from Germany and both try to peddle business-grade software to enterprises. SAP, which has a huge installed base of Windows customers and a considerable number of Unix customers, cannot be seen to be playing favorites with its OS suppliers just …

IBM fires Power-powered Penguins at x86's weak spots

Big Blue has not made any huge proclamations to date, but it is not exactly a secret that the people in charge of IBM's Systems and Software Group want the Power7 processor and its follow-ons to grab a larger share of the systems racket. To that end, Big Blue is reviving a Linux-only variant of its Power Systems lineup with …

SUSE Linux moves to 3.0 kernel with SP2

SUSE Linux, the commercial Linux distributor owned by software conglomerate Attachmate, is moving up to the Linux 3.0 kernel and also taking the btrfs file system mainstream alongside Linux container virtual private servers. These and other changes to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 are contained in Service Pack 2, available …
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Canonical takes the Ubuntu Server pulse

Commercial Linux distributor Canonical has released its third annual survey of the Ubuntu Server installed base to show what is going on out there among the Shuttleworth faithful. The survey comes just as Canonical is getting ready to put its next big server release into the field in April. Depending on how you slice up the …

Red Hat now supports RHEL 5 and 6 for a decade

Companies that like Red Hat Enterprise Linux but hate changing Linux versions because of the hardware and software qualification process just got an excuse to be lazy for the next decade. Red Hat has announced that it will extend the production life of its latest RHEL 6 releases and the prior RHEL 5 releases by an extra three …
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IBM pumps out two Xeon rackers

It may seem odd that IBM would update two x86 servers when Intel is prepping its "Sandy Bridge-EP" Xeon E5 processors for launch in early 2012, but the cut-throat competition in the server racket waits for no chip launch. And thus, IBM is revving up two "value priced" Xeon-based servers to compete against Hewlett-Packard, Dell, …
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Mellanox VMA 6.0 juices high freaky trading

If you use Connect-X host bus adapters from Mellanox Technologies for your Ethernet or InfiniBand networks and you use Linux, then there's a turbo boost mode available for $300 per server. The software used to be called Voltaire Messaging Accelerator and came to Mellanox through its November 2010 acquisition of networking …

NetWare-Linux love child turned up to 11

Novell and SUSE Linux may technically be separate companies, but they are owned by the same Attachmate conglomerate and they still have to work together on specific products, such as Open Enterprise Server, which bolts NetWare print and file services to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. In the wake of buying Novell for $2.2bn back …

Attachmate checks into Melbourne for regional HQ

The Attachmate Group, the new owner of Novell, has selected South Yarra in Melbourne as it Asia Pacific headquarters. The US-owned company is in the process of hiring 40 new staff. The Attachmate Group includes Attachmate, NetIQ, Novell and SUSE which will be brought together in the new Melbourne office. "The Asia Pacific is a …
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New openSUSE heads for cloud, virtual markets

The openSUSE Project has shipped its 12.1 build, with enhanced cloud and virtualization integration tools. It's also the first distro to ship with support for Google’s Go language. From the look of the new build, Attachmate has kept its promise to carry on supporting openSUSE after its $2.2bn deal to buy Novell. The new code, …
Iain Thomson, 17 Nov 2011
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SUSE previews OpenStack-SLES cloud

Commercial Linux distributor SUSE, which was taken private by Attachmate back in April and split from former owner Novell, wants to do for OpenStack what it did for Linux. It is also what everybody else in the OpenStack cloud fabric camp seems to want to do: make some money selling support for OpenStack. The idea worked for …

Hedge fund agitator grapples for helm at Brocade

Brocade has reported its quarterly results with a disappointing outlook and found itself the target of an activist hedge fund investor, Elliot Management, scenting under-valued assets it can profit from. For its third fiscal 2011 quarter, ending 30 July, Brocade's revenues were $503m, down from the preceding quarter's $548m, …
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2011
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Novell's Vibe Cloud floats away

After floating it around the market for only three months, Novell has decided to evaporate its Vibe Cloud web-based "social collaboration platform for the enterprise". The decision to decommission the Vibe Cloud service as of September 30 was announced by Novell's new president and GM Bob Flynn in a Thursday post on the …
Rik Myslewski, 28 Jul 2011
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Microsoft kicks SUSE another $100m

The SUSE division of Attachmate has managed to talk Microsoft into shelling out another chunk of change – $100m – to help prop up SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, the Linux distro formerly controlled by Novell, and to help drive Red Hat's rival distro from Windows shops. This is the third reseller agreement that Microsoft has …
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SUSE Studio spins up on IBM mainframes

The SUSE division of legacy-loving conglomerate Attachmate is updating its SUSE Studio software appliance toolkit to help it maintain its dominance at IBM mainframe shops that run Linux on those machines. In the wake of the acquisition of Novell by Attachmate back in May, SUSE was split off as a separate division and its …

Novell jobs slashed by stepmother Attachmate

Novell's new owners Attachmate have swung the axe far and wide, with massive staff cuts right across the organisation. According to sources, casualties include some 800 back office staff and all local country managers, including Sean McCarry in the UK and Ireland. At a more senior level, Novell SVP of global sales Javier Colado …
Paul Kunert, 11 Jul 2011
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Attachmate's Brauckmann takes control of SUSE Linux

Legacy software lover Attachmate has put one of its own long-time executives in charge of what was formerly Novell's SUSE Linux operation and will focus that unit on serving Linux customers and growing Linux business. Attachmate has tapped Nils Brauckman, formerly vice president of sales and marketing for the company's EMEA …
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Open source .NET mimic rises from Novell ashes

The founders of Mono – an effort to build an open source version of Microsoft's .NET platform – have launched a new company around the project, just fourteen days after they were laid off by new Novell owner Attachmate. The new company is known as Xamarin, and according to a blog post from Mono founder Miguel de Icaza, it will …
Cade Metz, 16 May 2011

Novell bags anti-trust appeal against Microsoft

A US appeals court has pumped fresh blood into an anti-trust lawsuit brought by Novell against Microsoft that was first filed in 2004. In a ruling yesterday, the court reversed a lower court's summary judgment that Microsoft had won last year, paving the way for Novell to take one final anti-trust stab at Redmond. Novell sued …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 May 2011
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.NET Android and iOS clones stripped by Attachmate

The fate of an open-source version of Microsoft's .NET running on iOS and Android is unclear after Novell's new owner Attachmate laid off members of the project, according to reports. Attachmate has let go of US staff working on the Novell-sponsored Mono Project as part of a move centering on Novell's Linux-related efforts …
Gavin Clarke, 03 May 2011

Farewell, Novell

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 …
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VMware inhales SlideRocket for its cloudy presentationware

Server-virtualization juggernaut and cloudy-infrastructure wannabe VMware has snapped up another component that it believes will lead it to cloud domination: SlideRocket. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. SlideRocket was founded in 2007 and burst out of stealth mode in October 2008, delivering its Internet- …

Feds rubberstamp Novell patent deal

The US government will permit the sale of 882 Novell patents to a Microsoft-led consortium after the group agreed revise its deal. But although the US Department of Justice (DoJ) is letting the deal proceed, it has warned that it will investigate distribution of Novell's patents to the consortium, known as CPTN Holdings. Giving …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Apr 2011

Novell rolls up last service pack for SUSE Linux 10

Novell has grabbed all the latest snippets of code suitable for patching up its SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 operating system and rolled them into Service Pack 4. This is the last Service Pack planned for version 10 of the desktop and server platform. SUSE Linux Enterprise 10, in desktop and server editions, was launched in July …
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OSI fears for Linux if Novell patents land with Apple, Oracle

In buying up a stash of Novell patents, Apple and Oracle could choke rivals in the virtualization, middleware, mobile, and media markets, according to the Open Source Initiative. German regulators are looking into the proposed sale of 882 Novell patents to CPTN Holdings, Microsoft-led group that also includes Apple, Oracle, and …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Apr 2011
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Intel set to reveal Itanium's fate?

Intel should have made a stronger statement than it did about its Itanium processor at this week's launch of the "Westmere-EX" Xeon E7 high-end server processors, considering the bashing that Oracle has given the chip in recent weeks. However – for whatever reason – Kirk Skaugen, general manager of Intel's Data Center Group, …

Microsoft's Novell patent pals return to SuSE's homeland

The Microsoft-led consortium of tech companies trying to hoover up nearly 1,000 of Novell's patents is back in business. CPTN Holdings re-registered with German authorities on Wednesday, according to the website of the German Federal Cartel Office. Plans to create CPTN as a German entity were withdrawn in December 2010. CPTN is …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Mar 2011

Attachmate acquisition stalls Novell's Q1

Novell is in the process of being eaten by Attachmate and having some juicy patents sold off to a holding company controlled by Microsoft, Apple EMC, and Oracle. And the company's top brass took a zero for the day and didn't face Wall Street when Novell announced its financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2011 ended …
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Microsoft student mail checkmates Google state grab

Updated Microsoft is claiming victory in its increasingly personal battle with Google to deliver web mail and collaboration. The software giant has named the Portland Public Schools system, home to 46,000 students across 85 schools, as planning a move to its Live@edu online collaboration suite. The hipster-heavy city's school system …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Feb 2011

Novell shareholders approve Attachmate buyout

The shareholders of beleaguered systems software supplier Novell has approved the $2.2bn takeover of the company by Attachmate. According to an 8K filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, shareholders representing 68.1 percent of the 352.8 million outstanding shares of Novell showed up for the special meeting or …