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(From South China Morning Post)
Byline: Danyll Wills
Novell, emboldened by its new Linux strategy and an infusion of funds, plans to make a big push in Asia and renew its rivalry with Microsoft.
This was the message from Novell executives last week after they announced a deal to acquire European software and services from SuSE Linux for US$210 million and the sale of a minority stake in Novell to IBM for $50 million.
With those developments, Novell claimed it would soon become "the only US$1 billion software company with a Linux distribution and a worldwide technical staff to support it".
Analysts predict that the Novell/SuSE Linux package will be a viable alternative to Red Hat Software's Linux distribution and …