Novell: New, Again

The collective exhale has begun.  Here’s what you need to know:

After 15 months of wondering, Novell has been acquired by Attachmate Group and will (as expected) continue on as Novell and SUSE, two of the four business-units of the overall company.  Furthermore, Provo’s Novell Campus has been re-established as the headquarters of the Novell business unit.

Novell's Provo Office

Along with the new company organization, SUSE Linux will (as expected) move back "home" to Nuremberg, and Nils Brauckmann, new chief for SUSE has stated the desire to keep moving forward with both SUSE and with contributing to FOSS and the OpenSUSE project. (Hopefully, some in the community will be able to rest easier going-forward.)

With all new things, some change and some remain the same.  John Dragoon, CMO of Novell until today, blogged as much on his farewell post:

Novell has had many chapters in its 28-year history and today marks the start of a new, exciting chapter. Change brings new opportunities, new adventures, and new teammates. As Novell joins forces with The Attachmate Group, the result will be a powerful portfolio of companies united by a common purpose and dedicated team.

Interested in what is next, I’m blinking into the light of this new day for Novell.

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4 thoughts on “Novell: New, Again

  1. I spent two wonderful years of my life working at Novell while I wrapped up my degree at Utah Vally University. The teams I worked with on NetWare and NSure SecureLogin were top notch.nnOver the years I’ve rooted for the Big Red N to pull through and make something of their Ximian and SUSE acquisitions or to at least define some sort of viable long term strategy.nnAt least now the HQ is back in Provo, where it belongs, and no longer in Waltham.nnGood luck Novell, you’ll need it!

  2. I spent two wonderful years of my life working at Novell while I wrapped up my degree at Utah Vally University. The teams I worked with on NetWare and NSure SecureLogin were top notch.

    Over the years I’ve rooted for the Big Red N to pull through and make something of their Ximian and SUSE acquisitions or to at least define some sort of viable long term strategy.

    At least now the HQ is back in Provo, where it belongs, and no longer in Waltham.

    Good luck Novell, you’ll need it!

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