"Corporate software provider Novell... with its former flagship
software product, NetWare, losing market share to Microsoft's
Windows and to Linux, the firm has turned to the Internet. ... The
firm announced this week that Tucows.com, a Web distributor of
software and Internet addresses, will utilize its "DigitalMe"
personal information tool for computer users as well as its
back-end directory services software, or NDS--the key to
Novell's rebound strategy."
"As an example of Novell's Net embrace, DigitalMe provides a
client software component that allows a Web surfer to log onto a
site and access information without having to fill out registration
forms or other password information. DigitalMe stores this type of
information, much like Microsoft's Passport technology, so computer
users can maintain a single password or sign-on name across a
variety of Web sites."
"...as a strategy to gain ubiquity, DigitalMe shows promise, but
it can also benefit the average Web surfer even if adoption has yet
to take off. That means even a single Web site, like Tucows.com,
reaps benefits even if a surfer can't use DigitalMe on another
site... "This is something that has huge network effects associated
with it," said Elliot Noss, chief executive at Tucows.com. "But,
frankly, we were tired of waiting.""
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