Monday, August 02, 2004 - Sun Microsystems Weighs Takeovers - Sun Microsystems Weighs Takeovers "Sun Microsystems Inc., emboldened by improving sales and flush with cash, is considering acquisitions to outflank rivals, Sun's president said in an interview.
The long-ailing computer maker has looked at "a number of acquisitions," including software maker Novell Inc., said Sun President Jonathan Schwartz, as part of efforts to bolster its business in server systems and to angle for advantage against International Business Machines Corp. and Red Hat Inc., which sells the most popular version of the Linux operating system.
If Sun controlled Novell, Mr. Schwartz said, it could thwart IBM's strategy. "Maybe it's time we close the noose," Mr. Schwartz said of a possible Novell acquisition."
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