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24 November 2010, 12:20

Attachmate: Novell's openSUSE project is safe

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openSUSE Logo Following the announcement that it would acquire Novell, the Attachmate Corporation has confirmed that, if the acquisition closes successfully, the openSUSE project will continue to operate as it always has in the past. In an official statement, the Attachmate Corporation Chairman and CEO Jeff Hawn said, "The openSUSE project is an important part of the SUSE business," adding that his company "anticipates no change to the relationship between the SUSE business and the openSUSE project as a result of this transaction". Hawn also notes that his company plans to "operate SUSE as a stand-alone business unit after the transaction closes".

Attachmate Corporation, an investment group led by Francisco Partners, Golden Gate Capital and Thoma Bravo, announced on Monday that it would acquire Novell for $2.2 billion (£1.25 billion). The company also confirmed that it will be selling certain, as yet undisclosed, IP assets to CPTN Holdings LLC, a consortium organised by the Microsoft Corporation for $450 million (£282 million) in cash.

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