Why did Novell give away the name Unix and why did it settle the case against BSDI and UCB?
Because Ray Noorda was losing his mind:
"The company also confirmed published reports that Mr. Noorda was suffering from memory lapses. It said that an executive search was under way and that Mr. Noorda was expected to stay on as chairman, focusing principally on strategic issues."
It would seem that losing one's mind was a popular pastime at Novell. You need look no further than the testimony of Bob Frankenberg. Duff Thompson. Ty Mattingly. Ed Chatlos. Even David Bradford has had memory problems of late.
Is there something odd about the air in Utah? Good thing for Novell that Tor, Allison, and Jim live in California.