Analyst likes the Novell/Microsoft deal

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It's no secret that many people in the Linux community dislike Novell's recent Microsoft partnership. To some analysts, though, the deal is a feather in Novell's market cap.

Open-source activist Bruce Perens started an online petition to protest the deal. A group of people launched a Web site with a self-explanatory name, Boycott Novell. And, leading Samba developer Jeremy Allison left Novell because of the patent part of the Novell/Microsoft deal.

At least one independent institutional investment bank, First Albany Corp., likes the deal, however. They like it a lot.

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