WSJ: VMWare In Talks To Buy Part Of Novell

(Reuters) – VMware Inc (VMW.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is in advanced talks to buy Novell Inc’s (NOVL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Linux operating system business, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.

The paper reported that private equity-backed software company Attachmate Corp [WIZARA.UL] could buy some or all of Novell’s remaining assets.

The report came after the New York Post reported Novell, the world’s No. 2 maker of the open source Linux operating system, will sell itself in two parts and that it is three to four weeks away from signing a deal. [ID:nSGE68E0JG]

Shares in Novell closed 2.5 percent higher at $6.05 on Nasdaq. They had risen more than 6 percent on Wednesday on the Post’s report. VMWare ended down 1.5 percent at $84.76 on the New York Stock Exchange.