Novell said it would be acquired by Attachmate on 22 November, while various patents would be bought by CPTN Holdings for $450 million. It was only known that Microsoft was organising CPTN Holdings.
No one knows what on earth the patents cover, nor why the four players decided to hook up and pimp them together. What is also not known is how the companies in question will enact the patents. Perhaps CPTN Holdings was merely launched to keep antitrust authorities at bay, or if there are any nefarious ends.
Open Source advocates will at least be happy to know the Beast of Redmond is being handled, despite Microsoft having become the lesser evil nowadays with the rise of Google the Serpent,Beelzebub Facebook and Thee Apple of Original Sin (including vanity).
TechEye has asked the parties involved to clarify matters and will add answers if they arrive.