EMC/VMware To Acquire SUSE from Novell?

Slashdot has an article up reporting that VMware may be planning on purchasing the SUSE division from Novell.  According to the Wall Street Journal VMware is in the process of attempting to purchase the SUSE Linux operating system.  What’s interesting to me is not that VMware might be trying to buy SUSE but rather than Novell would consider selling it to them at this stage in the game.  Although I’ve been less impressed with Novell’s strategy (particularly around .NET/Mono integration) and support, the operating system itself isn’t that bad.  It doesn’t seem to be very strategic for Novell, but perhaps this is why I’m not a businessman.