"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
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