Novell could be sold....

Let the bidding war begin.  The offer today by Elliot Associates, LP will most likely not be the last we will see before a deal is made.  The best report I have seen of the story is the one on the Var Guy Website.  He has some great information here and because of the late breaking story hadn't hit the stock yet.  The offer was a dollar over today's closing price.  This is far from a done deal and the Var Guy does a pretty good run down of what I agree are the top partial players if a bidding war were to start.  Unlike other sectors of our economy in the US the Tech Companies/Sector is still flush with cash.  Most of the major players did the right thing and reduced staff and spending which has preserved their capital in the bank.  With Suse being the Number 2 Corporate Linux player it would probably be great fit for a company like HP, Computer Associates, or Oracle.  My top bet is Oracle or Computer Associates.  No matter what it will be interesting to watch and until we know who wins it's going to be hard to say what it means for Suse.

Brian Wagner

Brian started working with *nix in while a student at Kent State University in the early 90's. In 1995, as an E-Mail Administrator for Caliber Technology (now part of Fedex) he was tasked with administering Sendmail on both Slackware Linux and Solaris Systems. His first home install of Linux was MkLinux DR1 in 1996 on his 60 Mhz PowerMac. Since then Brian has been working and consulting on Linux and it's uses in the Enterprise to support everything from E-Mail, Firewalls, Web and File serving to custom cluster solutions and grid solutions. Brian has had the opportunity to work in both Fortune 500 companies and small 2 person organizations. This has given him the unique insight into the differences every size business faces.