For years, Novell has served as an odd bargaining chip between Microsoft and enterprises looking to move to Linux.
Novell's Suse Linux distribution, while a distant No. 2 to Red Hat's leading Linux server business, has helped Microsoft keep some measure of control over its open-source competition--or, at least, to keep a close eye on it.
With Novell now up for grabs through a $1.8 billion buy-out offer from Elliott Associates, what is likely to happen to the Linux market, and to Microsoft, if it goes through?
The easy view is that Red Hat will benefit and … Read more