Novell Buys a Hot Linux Property

Novell Buys a Hot Linux Property

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Utah software company Novell Incorporated bought Ximian of Boston to propel Novell's strategy of offering computer tools for the open-source Linux operating system.

Terms of the cash deal weren't disclosed today.

Novell takes over Ximian software and projects designed to provide a full-featured Linux desktop as an alternative for Microsoft's Windows operating system.

Novell also will support Ximian's Mono, an open-source initiative to break down walls between Linux and the new Microsoft-dot-NET software development platform.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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