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Report: Novell Has Deal To Sell Itself in Two Parts

The New York Post reported this morning that Waltham, Mass.-based Novell has agreed to "a deal in principle" to sell itself in two separate parts to two separate buyers.

According to the article, the first buyer is a "strategic buyer" who will pick up the Linux SUSE part of the business, with a "a private-equity firm picking up much of the rest," according to several anonymous sources "close to the deal."

"Both deals are expected to close simultaneously," the article continues, "and the company will be de-listed, according to one source, who noted that the talks are in a sensitive stage and could fall apart." Read the full article here.

Novell has not commented on the report.

Novell launched in 1983 and was a large player in the Windows, network and software market with products such as NetWare, GroupWise and WordPerfect. It moved into the Linux space with its acquisition of SUSE in 2003.

In March of this year, the company rejected a takeover bid from Elliott Associates estimated at $1 billion.

 

About the Author

Becky Nagel is the vice president of Web & Digital Strategy for 1105's Enterprise Computing and Education Groups, where she oversees the front-end Web team and deals with all aspects of digital strategy for the groups. She also serves as executive editor the ECG Web sites, and you'll even find her byline on PureAI.com, the ECG group's newest site for enterprise developers working with AI. She recently gave a talk at a leading technical publishers conference about how changes in Web technology may impact publishers' bottom lines. Follow her on twitter @beckynagel.

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