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Nov 11 2010   1:18PM GMT

What’s up with Novell?

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Things at Novell have been quiet lately. Maybe too quiet.

There’s an all-hands meeting there this morning and insider talk once again swirls about a possible sale. Whether that would be to private equity investors–who would take the company private–or to another vendor–VMware? IBM? HP? Someone else?–is an open question. Last spring Novell spurned a buyout offer from a Elliott Partners and said it would explore other options.

One Novell/SUSE VAR said it’s always possible that Oracle could buy, “but if that happens, I’ll shoot myself,” he noted.

Maybe we’ll hear soon. Or maybe not.

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