Analyst likes the Novell/Microsoft deal
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.