After 32 years, Novell will shift its headquarters back to Provo, Utah, from Waltham, Massachusetts where it moved in 2004; the Linux business will now be run from Nuremberg where SUSE Linux was originally headquartered before Novell bought the company in 2003.
Just a week ago, the final hurdle to the sale, the resolution of the sale of patents to a consortium headed by Microsoft, was cleared.
The consortium, CPTN Holdings, owned by Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and EMC, had planned to buy 882 patents from Novell as part of the sale to Attachmate; this was delayed due to anti-trust concerns.
Under the revised arrangement, Microsoft will have to sell back the patents to Attachmate. The Redmond software giant will then receive a licence to use all the patents that CPTN is acquiring.