Report: Novell acquisition delayed over legacy assets

According to a Reuters report the acquisition of Novell is being delayed over difficulties in selling the non-Linux portions of the business. Citing anonymous sources, the report says that Novell is attempting to sell the company as a single entity, rather than parting with the SUSE Linux division, which would leave the company with what was described as “a shell of legacy assets”. The report says Novell has many rivals prepared to pay for the SUSE Linux division alone. According to a report last week Novell was to be split and sold as two parts with a “strategic buyer” lined up for the SUSE Linux business.

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