Good deal IMHO.
My theory is that IBM is helping Novell in exchange for Novell disbanding the Mono project.
Still think this will go the way Corel went with Wordperfect, and their Debian based Linux distro.
Novell has a great sales channel. Let's face it, this is what they *do* now: soak money from the Fortune 5000.
Ummm Novell _had_ a great sales channel, they threw that away with the rest of the babies, the bath water and the bath itself. They have never come to terms with the reality that it isn't 1985 anymore.
Remember what Novell did to WordPerfect? They bought it in 94 for a ton of cash, and none of their own people knew what to do with it. They didn't (and typically haven't) invested enough RnD to make things like this work.
"All Novell is now is a corporate bond shelter."
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