What if Red Hat Bought Novell?

There’s been some discussion on various news websites and blogs about what Red Hat will do thanks to the Novell-Microsoft ‘covenant’. I discussed my take on things with my previous post on the subject. Now that I’ve had a chance to catch up on my reading on the ‘covenant’ I’ve come to another conclusion…Red Hat will do 1 of 2 things.

  1. Nothing
  2. Buy Novell

I read some interesting thoughts on the ‘deal’ and even some speculation that Red Hat might have to approach Microsoft to seek indemnification in a similar fashion as Novell did this past week. I think that this is reaching a bit. Red Hat already has indemnification built into their license. Red Hat is comfortable right now posting huge numbers and enjoying the success it deserves. Why it would want to bring itself to Microsoft’s doorstep is beyond me. I see Red Hat doing absolutely nothing about this…business as usual.

But what if Red Hat bought Novell? THAT would be something unexpected…and it would be a major thorn in Microsoft’s side because they’d have to honor their ‘covenant’ with SuSe Linux. Well, ok, they don’t have to honor it…but if they want to look like a good company they would.

Think about it…Sun was actually considering buying Novell not long ago…or there was speculation they were. Oracle has looked at buying Novell. Wouldn’t it be interesting to see Red Hat swoop in and buy Novell?

Think about it…SuSe is the #2 player for Commercial Linux. What would Microsoft do? They wouldn’t play tiddly-winks with #2 now would they? Nope. They’d snap up that company and move forward churning profits. I think Red Hat buying Novell would be a Novel idea (pun intended).

What would we think of Red Hat if it snatched up SuSe? I’d say we’d probably champion Red Hat for pulling a fast one on Microsoft. And I highly doubt after acquiring Novell that Red Hat would worry about indemnification from Microsoft. Why? Because then there will be 2-3 major players with vested interests in Linux…IBM and Red Hat. IBM + Red Hat = Don’t mess with us Microsoft. I think things would work out quite nicely after this.

It sure is fun to speculate isn’t it?

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  • ghj

    and what if Novell bought RedHat ?

  • http://schestowitz.com Roy Schestowitz

    And what is GM bought NASA? *rolls eyes* C’mon…

  • http://linux-blog.org devnet

    C’Mon what?

    Oracle looked at them. Sun looked at them. Why wouldn’t this be in the realm of possibility? Speculation is just what it is…Speculation.

    If I can’t speculate on my own blog, can I do it on yours?

  • http://schestowitz.com Roy Schestowitz

    Oops. I forgot to add a friendly gesture like a *smile*. But, yes, I beg to differ.

  • http://www.thesatelliteblog.com/ efonic

    Everyone is saying about buying Novell, but no one actualy buys it :) SPECULATION!