Attachmate Completes Its $2.2 Billion Acquisition Of Novell

Attachmate has completed the $2.2 billion acquisition of open source software maker Novell, after shareholders and regulators gave their nod of approval.

Earlier, Novell had announced that the company plans to be acquired by Attachmate for $2.2 billion. The company also revealed that it will sell a patent portfolio containing 882 open source patents to CPTN Holdings, a consortium which includes Microsoft, Apple, Oracle and EMC.

Novell said that the sale of patents had also been completed, minus the patents related to UNIX systems following a ruling by the US Department of Justice and German regulators. The ruling, apart from restricting the number of patents CPTN could purchase, also ordered the consortium to continue to offer the patents under open source general public license.

In a statement, Attachmate revealed that Novell will be broken into two separate businesses, Novell and Suse and will join the Attachmate and NetIQ brands within the Attachmate Group.

“The Attachmate Group product families now include complementary solutions that range across IT operations management, open source, end-user computing and collaboration, host connectivity and legacy modernisation, security, identity and compliance management, virtualisation and cloud computing and more,” Attachmate said in a statement, ZDNet reports.