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Smart Reseller: Sun/Netscape alliance retreats on Linux

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“What promise? The partners balk at making Linux a critical
platform for its server wares.”

“Balking at a long-time promise to make Linux a critical
platform for its server wares, the Sun Microsystems Inc.-Netscape
Alliance will upgrade the Netscape Application Server (NAS) next
month–without a Linux port.”

“The pending NAS 4.0 release marks the product’s last major
upgrade before it is fused with Sun’s NetDynamics next year.”

“Netscape executives have publicly stated since July of last
year that open-source Linux would be a critical platform for its
server products going forward. But, now, several months after
America Online Inc. (NYSE:AOL) purchased Netscape and dealt its
server software to Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq:SUNW), the Linux app
server port has been put on the back burner.”

“‘Linux is fun, it definitely has a cool factor… but it isn’t
one of the operating environments that our customers are asking
for,’ says Roseanna Marchetti, senior product marketing manager of
the Alliance’s app server products. Marchetti, who notes that the
Netscape directory and messaging servers were ported to Linux in
March, says an app-server port could come if enterprise demand
rises.”

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