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Novell to offer Linux version
APRIL 22, 2003
NOVELL is to integrate open-source components and industry standards in the next version of its NetWare.
Version 7.0 of NetWare is to be built to run on either NetWare or Linux kernels, Novell announced at BrainShare, its annual user conference.
GroupWise, Novell's messaging and collaboration suite, will also be built to run on either NetWare or Linux kernels.
The company says it will create incentives to get open source developers to use Novell software.
For example, the company debuted a new website, Novell Forge, for the open source community, which offers developers the ability to download, modify, exchange and update open source code.
Novell chairman and CEO Jack Messman announced NetWare 6.5 at BrainShare and said it would include open-source technologies such as Apache, MySQL, Perl, PHP and Tomcat.
"This is not a departure from NetWare," Messman says.
"Novell will continue to enhance and support NetWare services.
"This is the future path for Novell customers, which is all about choice."
Novell released the public beta of NetWare 6.5 at BrainShare.
The upcoming version will integrate a Java 2 Enterprise Edition version 1.3 Java application server.
Open source is gaining momentum in the market and customers want to leverage it, says Chris Stone, vice chairman, office of the CEO at Novell.
"Novell believes strongly that the use of open source technology must be reciprocated by giving back to the community," he says.
"For years we've quietly contributed to a number of open source projects."
Novell is also making a big push into the small- and mid-size business as it attempts to sign on new customers and partners.
Novell says 400 new partners have agreed to sell its small business suite starter pack.
The offering includes NetWare 6, GroupWise 6, ZENworks for Desktops and BorderManager.
Novell says it will release the source code for Novell Nsure UDDI Server, which is used to verify the identity of people as they log onto a network to access applications.
Novell plans to offer an early version of its eDirectory that uses the Liberty Alliance specification for authenticating a person's identity.
EDirectory will allow a person to log once onto multiple websites that follow the alliance standard.
The company says it has combined its ZENworks management tools into a single suite.
ZENworks 6 includes automatic data back-up and synchronisation across multiple platforms.
coltrane's 2 cents:
ZENworks is a BEAST by the way
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