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ComputerWorld: Brainshare: Novell faces up to Windows 2000 and Linux

Mar 24, 2000, 20:22 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dominique Deckmyn)

"The NetWare faithful will gather in Salt Lake City next week for a critical Brainshare user conference. Novell Inc. needs to prove its core Novell Directory Services (NDS) technology can coexist with Microsoft Corp.'s Active Directory and that Novell can offer services on top of NDS that guarantee future growth."

"It also announced iChain, a Net Service that will use NDS as a platform for electronic business, and two new systems management tools, ZENworks for Networks and ZENworks for Servers. Also, the company shipped versions of its NDS eDirectory, the latest release of NDS, that run on Windows 2000 and Linux."

"Some analysts said they hope that Novell will announce a bold move at Brainshare, such as making NDS a free, open-source product -- a move most deem unlikely. However, Novell may well come out with a stronger endorsement of Linux. "The Linux space is still pretty open," said Phil Schacter, director of network strategy at the The Burton Group in Midvale, Utah. He said Novell could become a leading provider of Linux applications."

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