"After nearly two years of talk, the Provo, Utah, company plans
to pull the trigger on a broad Linux strategy at its BrainShare
user conference in Salt Lake City next month."
"The centerpiece will be Novell's release of NDS (Novell
Directory Services) eDirectory for Linux. The company plans to open
some of that code base for the Linux community under its own
open-source license, according to sources familiar with the
"Novell (Nasdaq:NOVL) is also developing a Linux version of its
GroupWise groupware, although the product may not be ready for a
BrainShare launch, sources said. Parts of that GroupWise code,
along with any other Linux-based code Novell develops, will be
available under Novell's open-source license, the sources
"Novell's endorsement will add more enterprise legitimacy to
Linux by providing the open-source platform with a full-scale
enterprise directory service for the first time."
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