Sun Sets On Novell

It’s bound to happen sooner or later. Somebody will snap up Novell. My money would have been on IBM, but apparently Sun Microsystems is mulling over the acquisition. Novell owns SuSE Linux, which IBM uses, so it would sort of be a natural for Big Blue to finally take the leap. Instead, Sun sees value in owning SuSE, putting IBM on their list of “customers” long-term, given the commitment to SuSE on the Power server lines. Sun marches on, seeing a revenue increase and healthy profit in the past quarter, and they have a bit of a nest egg to work with when it comes to acquisitions. [Furo]

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  • Mark Dalton

    im not optimistic for the ipad getting a retina display ever, a higher definition display? yes but retina would be too expensive and apple want to keep costs down to remain competitive

  • Anonymous

    I would have been interested, but I don’t think I can afford it. What I said last year, I know.

    I’m tempted to check out second hand iPad 1 prices…

  • Anonymous

    Yes, the Apple Digital AV Adapter will work on older devices, but it won’t do 1080p and mirror what’s on the screen like the iPad 2. It will only do 720p. Also, it will only work on slideshows and movies, which is the same as the current AV output for the older devices. From the Apple website:

    “Use the Apple Digital AV Adapter to mirror whatever’s on your iPad 2 screen — apps, presentations, websites, and more — on your HDTV or HDMI-compatible display in up to 1080p HD (movies play at up to 720p).

    Watch slideshows and movies on the big screen in up to 720p by connecting your iPad, iPhone 4, or iPod touch (4th generation) to an HDTV or HDMI-compatible display.”

    • Anonymous

      I was afraid what you stated is true. It would have been nice to mirror iPhone 4 and get hulu and angry bird like games on big screen

    • Anonymous

      Dam you apple! I want to mirror iPhone 4

  • Bill Houle

    If the iPad2 had no camera(s), then I’d agree with your “spend time transferring the footage” iMovie comment. However, I believe their intent is that you *take* the footage from the iPad, and then edit it right there. Ditto for stills in Photo Booth.

    I agree with your assessment in general. If I needed FaceTime (or iMovie), I’d be lining up to upgrade. As it stands, I don’t _need_ it, but am nonetheless fighting a strong urge.

    BTW, I think one upsell is exposing PC users to Mac mainstays like Garage Band and iMovie, and lure more to the Apple desktop/laptop platform – the halo effect, but now via the software rather than the hardware.

  • Oday Yousif

    I’m not trying to hat and I don’t know if your an anti Apple person or not but it just seems to me anyone who hates Apple and/or the iPad will always finding something bad to say about their products.

    • Sunny Singh

      And what’s wrong with that? Apple is not perfect, and their products aren’t either. Angelo is simply voicing their opinion, and that perhaps the iPad 2 is not as great a leap between itself and the original iPad. Any good company (and its users) will want great feedback and criticism like this to improve. You want a better iPad, don’t you?

      I’m also not trying to hate, but many Apple fans tend to say something bad about any product not made by Apple.

  • CMS Expo

    Fair enougn, Chris. I think you’ve got a point for the folks thinking of upgrading. The real sales will come from folks who were waiting for 2nd gen before buying their first tablet. Me? I’m keeping my iPad AND getting an iPad2. Gonna hinge ’em together into an iPadwich.

  • Anonymous

    The hdmi dongle only mirrors ipad2 and it only plays audio and video on select apps on all other devices.

  • Drift

    Personally I just got my iPad and this came out? Not thoroughly impressed… I’ll wait for the 3rd gen iPad. Not worth the upgrade.

  • clozeone

    Found this article by chance. I just wanted to say, Garageband works on the iPad 1. Checked it myself.