Novell's Hedge Fund Offer Could Start a Bidding War

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Mar 4, 2010


Linux distro and systems software maker Novell has confirmed it had received a takeover deal from a New York hedge fund named Elliott Associates to take Novell private. As noted in the news story on The Register, Elliott's move to acquire Novell could set off a bidding war for the firm, with IBM and Citrix Systems potentially joining in.


Novell confirmed that it has received an unsolicited, conditional proposal from Elliott Associates.

"Elliott's move to acquire Novell could set off a bidding war for the firm, with IBM and Citrix Systems potentially joining in, and maybe even application software maker SAP. IBM could use its own Linux distro and x64 hypervisor as well as the systems management and identity management tools that Novell has taken possession of over the years, and it knows how to ride down a legacy software business like NetWare.

"Citrix Systems could use its own Linux distro and some of the physical and virtual server management tools Novell has, too. And SAP, which needs to compete with Oracle with a complete stack of software could also make good use of SUSE Linux and start weaving together a software stack of its own that runs on x64, Power, Itanium, and mainframe iron."

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