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Victory for Microsoft as Supremes decline to hear Novell's WordPerfect whine

The decade-long legal fight over the reasons WordPerfect failed has ended in victory for Microsoft after the US Supreme Court declined to hear Novell's appeal and shut the door on a potential billion-dollar settlement for the company. "We're happy this case is now over for good and think it shows we'll persistently defend …
Iain Thomson, 28 Apr 2014
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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

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

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

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

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
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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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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 company …
Rik Myslewski, 28 Jul 2011
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Gates: Novell are sore losers, Word trounced WordPerfect

Hard work and the competition's ineptitude saw Microsoft Word thump WordPerfect, Bill Gates told a US court hearing the $1bn anti-competition case brought by Novell. Gates told a court in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Monday that his Redmond minions "worked super-hard" on Word. He added: "It was a ground-breaking piece of work, and …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Nov 2011
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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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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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Novell keeps Unix copyrights from Microsoft

Novell has moved to quell growing concerns that it has sold Linux out to Microsoft as part of its Attachmate deal. On Wednesday, Novell chief marketing officer John Dragoon issued a short statement saying that Novell – not Microsoft – owns the copyrights on Unix. Sentence two of Dragoon's terse, three-sentence statement said …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Nov 2010

Oracle scores mixed bag in Rimini Street software IP 'theft' ruling

Oracle has been handed a partial victory in its IP violation case against software support provider Rimini Street. A US court hearing Oracle's case has issued a summary judgment saying that in two of the four incidents cited by Oracle, Rimini was in the wrong. Oracle claimed to have identified illegal copies of its software …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Feb 2014
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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
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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 …
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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
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Novell and HP wave SUSE x64 cluster deal

Systems software maker Novell has announced today a special deal for customers building clusters with its SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. If you cluster servers with the company's High Availability Extensions, you get those extensions for free. There's all sorts of other gimmes too, and the deal runs through June this year. This …
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Microsoft's Novell patent cartel dodges German regulators

A Microsoft-led consortium is still set to buy 882 Novell patents. Reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated. PC World reported here that plans to create CPTN Holdings have been withdrawn, with the publication citing information from the website of the German Federal Cartel Office. CPTN withdrew its application to …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Jan 2011
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Novell swings into MeeGo throng

Novell has joined Nokia and Intel in backing the new MeeGo platform, which is unsurprising given its absorption of the Novell-backed Moblin platform. Novell will put MeeGo on top of SUSE Linux, and push it out to notebook and netbook manufacturers as an alternative to desktop operating systems, just as it did with Moblin. So not …
Bill Ray, 02 Jun 2010
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Novell snubs hedge fund's $1bn takeover bid

Novell has spurned an unsolicited $1bn cash takeover bid from Elliot Associates. It said on Saturday that it had considered the company's offer to acquire Novell for $5.75 per share in cash, but concluded such a deal was "inadequate" and "undervalued" Novell's "franchise and growth prospects". Earlier this month New York-based …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Mar 2010
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Novell muddles through fiscal Q4

Software maker Novell – which is in the process of selling itself to Attachmate and Microsoft for $2.2bn – reported its financial results for its fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 ended October 31. Rather than face a lot of pesky questions from Wall Street analysts, the top brass at the company ducked out and just pumped out a press …
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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
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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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Novell's Microsoft patent sale referred to regulators

Open sourcers have asked German authorities to probe a Microsoft-backed purchase of hundreds of patents owned by Novell as part of that company's purchase by Attachmate. The Open Source Initiative (OSI) has written to the German Federal Cartel Office saying that the purchase of 882 patents for $450m by never-heard-of-before CPTN …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Jan 2011
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Novell fannies about with Open Enterprise Server 2

Yes, it's childish, but we don't care. Here's something tasty for all of you using Novell's OES2: Novell's OES2 SP2 Pubic Beta Crikey. This is doubtless one of Novell's "Actionable Strategies" leveraged through its "ecosystem of high-impact partnerships", as the company's website indelicately puts it. Good show. ® Bootnote …
Lester Haines, 08 Sep 2009
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Banshee man dumps Novell for Skype duo

Novell is losing a key figure driving development of the Banshee open-source music player it helped pioneer. Banshee creator Aaron Bockover is leaving Novell after six years and joining Skype co-founders Janus Friis with Niklas Zennström on their latest venture: an on-demand, social music service called Rdio. Bockover is …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Feb 2011
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Novell to plow new-age Wave minus Google

Novell has committed to keep surfing Google's Wave despite the search giant stopping development of its new-age collaboration tool. The Linux vendor has said it'll keep building Novell Pulse, its implementation of Wave built using Google's APIs and protocols, as it can turn Wave into a successful technology. Pulse targets …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Aug 2010
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Novell (not SCO) owns UNIX, says jury

A federal jury has decided that UNIX is owned by Novell - not SCO. But no, this does not mark the end of SCO's epic legal battle against the Linux industry. On Tuesday, the AP reports, after a trial in Salt Lake City, Utah, a jury ruled that Novell still controls the copyrights to UNIX despite a 15-year-old deal that transfered …
Cade Metz, 30 Mar 2010
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Linux wins the SCO vs Novell case

The six-year-long Novell-SCO case is over - the judge ruled that Novell did indeed own Unix patents copyrights which SCO failed to license properly and therefore the case is closed. Of course this case has closed before, but this really does seem like the end of the line. Judge Ted Stewart said: "The jury could have rejected …
John Oates, 11 Jun 2010
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Apple, EMC, and Oracle in Novell patent play

The holding company that acquired 882 Novell patent last month is a front not only for Microsoft but also Apple, EMC, and Oracle. To get its $2.2bn acquisition of Novell done, Attachmate is selling off $450m in Novell patents to CPTN Holdings. We knew that Microsoft was the company's main backer, and now, the German …
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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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Jobs go at Novell

Novell is cutting jobs in various departments and in various countries. The Linux vendor, which has spent recent weeks cutting its UK distributors, will trim between 100 and 130 jobs from its total headcount of 3,900. The cuts come across geographies and departments and staff are getting severance packages based on length of …
John Oates, 04 Nov 2009
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Open source campaigners urge investigation of Novell patent sale

Open source software advocates have asked a German competition law regulator to investigate the purchase of patents owned by Novell by a consortium led by Microsoft and including Apple, Oracle and EMC. US-based open source advocacy body the Open Source Initiative (OSI) has said that it was informed that the German Federal Cartel …
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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 …

Linux distros fix kernel terminal root-hole bug

Linux admins need to get busy patching, as a newly discovered bug has emerged in the kernel's tty handling – and it lets logged-in users crash the system, gain root privileges, or otherwise modify and access data they shouldn't. This memory corruption flaw is certainly nothing like OpenSSL's remotely exploitable Heartbleed – CVE …
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Attachmate gobbles up Novell for $2.2bn

Novell has accepted a takeover bid by legacy connectivity and security software provider Attachmate for $2.2bn. "After a thorough review of a broad range of alternatives to enhance stockholder value, our board of directors concluded that the best available alternative was the combination of a merger with Attachmate Corporation …
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Novell opens Linux appliance gallery

Novell has opened an online gallery for SUSE software appliances. It has been a year since Novell launched its SUSE Appliance Program, which offers a set of online tools, dubbed SUSE Studio, for spinning up software appliances based on its SUSE Linux distro. The appliance tools were aimed at software developers who wanted to …
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Archive.org web trove hits FOUR HUNDRED BEEEELLION pages

The Internet Archive's "Wayback Machine" has announced that it has indexed four hundred billion web pages. The trove dates back to late 1996 and comprises at least fourteen petabytes, a figure we base on a 2012 declaration the archive hit 10 petabytes and a later post explaining that a fund-raising drive for another four …
Simon Sharwood, 12 May 2014
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Novell mulls hedge fund takeover

Commercial Linux distro and systems software maker Novell said last night, after it had received a takeover deal from a New York hedge fund named Elliott Associates to take Novell private, that it would put out a statement about the proposal. It took nearly four hours to come up with the statement, and the wonder is why. Here's …
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Uncertain future hits Novell's Q3

What a surprise. A company rejects an unsolicited takeover bid and its board of directors announces that the struggling company is looking at all alternatives, including selling itself or breaking itself up. And then sales unexpectedly go south. It should have been no surprise to commercial operating system supplier Novell that …
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SCO vs. IBM battle resumes over ownership of Unix

IBM's lawsuit with SCO over just who owns Unix has crawled out of the grave and seems set to shuffle back into US courts. For the uninitiated, or those who've successfully tried to forget this turgid saga, a brief summary: SCO in 2003 sued IBM for doing something nasty to bits of Unix it owned. Or felt it owned. SCO also sued …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jun 2013
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C2000 hits out at loveless Novell

Computer 2000 has slammed Novell by labelling the software maker as “not channel-friendly”. Novell recently dropped the IT distie and has warned other UK distributors to pull their act together or face being axed by the firm. However, C2000’s UK software boss James Reed told The Register that he wasn’t bothered about losing the …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Aug 2009
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Hedge fund suitor denies Novell asset sale rumors

As the week was ending, rumors were swirling that the hedge fund suitor of Novell, Elliott Associates, which last week offered $1bn net of cash to take over the perennially struggling software maker, was going to start selling off its target's assets if it clinches a deal. This may mean the NetWare operating system biz, and …
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Novell breakup and sale imminent, says report

Commercial operating system maker Novell is close to selling itself off after breaking it into two bits, according to the is New York Post. Citing unnamed sources, the Post says a "strategic buyer" will shell out cash to acquire the SUSE Linux business that Novell paid $210m for in November 2003. That Linux business has just …
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Novell paints Red Hat Linux manager green

The quickest way to build a commercial Linux business is to clone whatever Red Hat does. That's what Oracle and CentOS do with their Enterprise Linux redistributions and accompanying paid-for support offerings, and it is now what Novell is doing with a "new" product called SUSE Manager. With SUSE Manager, announced today, Novell …
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Novell puts Identity Management into beta

In the wake of its BrainShare EMEA user and partner conference in Amsterdam last week, Novell has opened up the beta for the next iteration of its authentication middleware, Identity Manager 4. The future of Novell's identity and access management software business — and perhaps someone else's if Novell sells pieces of itself or …
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Novell seeks rich suitors

It looks like Novell has formally put itself up for sale after rejecting the entreaties of a hedge fund two months ago. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal and confirmed by a separate report from the New York Times, Novell had asked for suitors looking to eat the company to put in initial bids by the end of this …
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Attachmate: Novell's openSUSE project is 'safe'

Attachmate says that Novell's openSUSE project will continue to operate as it always has. With Attachmate shelling out $2.2bn acquire Novell, SUSE Linux customers and contributors to the openSUSE project are understandably nervous about what Attachmate is planning for the community development that underpins SUSE Linux. In wake …
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Novell cuts 1000 100 workers

As layoffs go, the ones that took place last week at commercial operating system maker Novell were pretty small, and a lot less than was originally reported out there on the Web. CNET reported late on Friday that Novell was slashing up to 1,000 of its employees, which would have comprised about 25 per cent of its global …
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Novell targets netbooks with latest OS

Novell has released openSUSE 11.2, just a few short weeks after Ubuntu 9.10 - aka Karmic Koala - landed. The latest version of the operating system clearly signals Novell’s intent to scoop up some share of the nascent netbook market. OpenSUSE 11.2 comes loaded with version 2.6.31 of the Linux kernel, while the default file …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Nov 2009
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Could Red Hat be Novell's spouse?

Red Hat's CEO Jim Whitehurst declined to dismiss the possibility of buying out his company's Linux rival Novell in a meeting with reporters in London today. Whitehurst said the open source software vendor was eyeing up possible virtualisation and cloud acquisitions but added nothing was on the horizon yet. On the subject of …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Jun 2010
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Novell starts distie cuts

IT distie Avnet has buddied up with software firm Novell in a distribution deal for the UK. Financial terms of the agreement were kept secret. Avnet said it would farm out Novell’s entire portfolio of data centre, identity and security management, and end user computing solutions to its business partner network. Middle man …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Aug 2009