When Novell first announced that it was being acquired by Attachmate for $2.2 billion, the question of who would retain ownership over Unix copyrights was an open issue. As part of the Novell sale, the company also revealed that it is selling 882 patents to a Microsoft-led technology consortium for $450 million.
“Our partnership with Microsoft continues to expand.”
–Ron Hovsepian, Novell CEO
Summary: The writings have been on the wall for 4 years, persistently warning that Novell was a ticking time bomb with its growing pile of software patents and growing relationship with Microsoft
NOVELL’S UNIX might still be up for sale, so Novell owning it
Summary: Collective backlash against Novell’s sale to AttachMSFT; news that does not directly relate to Novell is spun as Novell news
According to this announcement mirrored by a pro-Novell site, “Levi & Korsinsky, LLP has filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for District of Massachusetts on behalf of current stockholders of Novell, Inc.
Summary: Novell clarifies that UNIX was not sold to Microsoft, but it is being passed over to AttachMSFT, which has little or no reason to keep it
Linux Australia says that SUSE is safe from Novell’s patent sale to Microsoft, but what about all the other distributions and companies? As Groklaw resumes covering more news from SCO vs.
After completing its acquisition of Novell, Attachmate has laid off hundreds of U.S.-based employees -- including members of Novell's Mono project -- and re-established Nuremberg, Germany as the headquarters for the SUSE business unit, say an industry report. Meanwhile, a U.S. appeals court reversed a summary judgment that could revive Novell/Attachmate's anti-trust lawsuit against Microsoft....