That tells you as much as you need to know about their judgment, assuming the crash of the housing market, fleecing of investors and instant recovery-with-bonuses at the beginning of a three-year-recession that affected everyone but the Wall Street firms that caused it didn't clue you in already.
The real key to the announcement is that a coalition led by Microsoft managed to push the deal over the edge by agreeing to acquire 882 patents from Novell for $450 million.
That's a lot of patents. It's not exactly clear what they cover, though.
One assumes they give Microsoft more clearance from the kind of infringement actions SCO was filing when it briefly switched its main product from Linux to lawsuits, which was partially blunted when a judge ruled Novell owned the patents behind some of the suits.
Or that Microsoft will have more leeway to sue other companies for infringing on intellectual property Microsoft may or may not have owned.
We can only hope Microsoft develops an unreasonable hatred for Google and applies all its energy to destroying the upstart.
It's happened before.