I just hope...
...that they don't butcher their free UTM and XG home solutions.
Brit security software slinger Sophos has accepted an all-cash offer from US suitor private equity group Thoma Bravo of just over £3bn. The antivirus provider's shareholders will get $7.40 per share, a bonus of 37 per cent on Friday's prices. Recommending the offer, Sophos chairman Peter Gyenes said: "It is the view of the …
butcher their free UTM
I've used what used to be Astaro Linux (now UTM) pretty much from when it came out. No other product does exactly what it does (and for free on home setups) - I've tried some of the other firewall distributions and all of them seem to lack the one thing I started using Astaro for - proper SMTP support..
Thoma Bravo obviously didn't want news of the merger getting out and increasing the price. I used to work at Embarcadero Technologies when they were owned by Thoma Bravo, and they are tight-lipped like that.
Still, it is not a good look that long-time partners have to find out from El Reg or their customers.
Thoma Bravo are no different to the rest of the breed - it's all about bottom line and squeezing margins, it makes no difference if that leaves the product understaffed or not, and usually does. Good luck to Sophos staff, if I were in your shoes I'd leave asap, these buy-outs rarely end well for staff.
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