November 6, 2003

Novell deal good for Linux, bad for SCO

Novell's agreement to acquire SuSE Linux for $210m is good news for the Linux community and shows that the firm is unconcerned about the fear,
uncertainty and doubt surrounding Linux following SCO Group's legal action against IBM.

And IBM's investment of $50m in Novell as part of the deal has meant that the distribution and support gap which SCO left in the United Linux
consortium has been plugged.

"This really is very, very good news for Linux," Gary Barnett, principal analyst at Ovum, told "It's a very important move and will change
the landscape of the world of Linux."



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