Novell is No. 2 maker of open source Linux OS\r\n\r\nVirtualisation software makerÂ VMware Inc (VMW.N) is in advanced talks to buy Novell Inc’s (NOVL.O) open source SuseÂ Linux operating system business, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.\r\n\r\nNovell had partnered with VMware to make Suse the preferred Linux operating system for VMware’s virtualisation stack.Â The paper reported that private equity-backed software company Attachmate Corp [WIZARA.UL] could buy some or all of Novell’s remaining assets.\r\n\r\nThe report came after the New York Post reported Novell, the world’s No. 2 maker of the open source Linux operating system, will sell itself in two parts and that it is three to four weeks away from signing a deal. [ID:nSGE68E0JG].\r\n\r\nShares in Novell closed 2.5 percent higher at $6.05 on Nasdaq. They had risen more than 6 percent on Wednesday on the Post’s report. VMWare ended down 1.5 percent at $84.76 on the New York Stock Exchange.