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eWeek: Novell Bets on Linux

Aug 21, 2003, 11:30 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Brooks)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

When Novell announced its purchase of the desktop Linux company Ximian two weeks ago, it was one of the biggest stories to come out of LinuxWorld Expo. The move was significant and intriguing, since Novell didn't buy software, per se, but instead bought into ideas that could prove pivotal to its future.

"Ximian's products--the Evolution messaging application, Ximian Desktop 2 environment, Red Carpet management software and Mono, the Linux-based implementation of Microsoft's .Net platform--were developed and distributed as free software, so Novell didn't have to pay for the code to market it. What Novell got for its money is the opportunity to exert control over the code by directing its development.

"With the market share of its NetWare network operating system a fraction of what it once was, Novell, along with industry titans such as IBM, Oracle and, to a lesser extent, Sun, is betting it'll be better off tying its future to a platform owned by no one in particular than chasing after the one operating system intended to rule them all. To that end, Novell has been porting its flagship services to Linux, and the company has announced its plans to ship NetWare 7 as a set of services made to run equally as well atop the Linux or NetWare kernel..."

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