Is Novell selling itself or just Suse Linux?

Will VMWare buy just Suse Linux or will they buy all of Novell?  There is a lot of speculation that seems to be pointing towards a buy of just SuSe Linux.  But if they do that we want to know what's left?  So for just a little bit more why not buy it all.  That's why I think buying the whole company makes more sense.  Novell owns one of the few pure closed source LDAP Servers left.  That means that for companies concerned with Open Source what should be a profitable product line for Novell or who ever buys them.  Novell has always had smart people and is always a leader where technologies are concerned.  The marriage of Novell and VMWare makes a lot of sense.  Both companies would benifit and VMWare can afford to make the deal.

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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.