Novell sell-off talk riles SUSE Linux fans; IBM snarfs up Sterling Commerce

Novell puts itself on the block and hits a nerve in SUSE Linux shops. Meanwhile, in other news briefs, IBM grabs Sterling.

IT channel news in brief for May 26, 2010

Whither Novell? Talk of sale worries SUSE Linux shops

Reports last week that Novell put itself on the block have roiled the waters for Linux shops that still run SUSE Linux as well as for legacy NetWare accounts.

Two months ago, Novell Inc. rebuffed an unsolicited $2 billion buyout attempt by Elliott Partners, calling the bid insufficient. At that time, Waltham, Mass.-based Novell said it would look at options including stock buy-backs, dividends and building more alliances.

Novell did not comment on the reports. In the meantime, Novell last week released SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 Service Pack 1.

IBM buys Sterling Commerce

IBM last week said it will purchase Sterling Commerce from AT&T for $1.4 billion.

Sterling Commerce specializes in technology that eases data transfer and sharing across diverse networks. IBM characterized the deal as a way to link on-premise and cloud-based applications and data.

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