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eWeek: Novell pumps up directory

Oct 02, 2000, 13:19 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Gonsalves, Dennis Fisher, Paula Musich)

"Novell's biggest news of the show came in a joint announcement with Red Hat, which unveiled plans to use the Provo, Utah, company's NDS (Novell Directory Services) eDirectory and DirXML technology as the basis for the Red Hat Network, an Internet service for managing Linux networks, also announced at the show."

"Under the terms of the deal, Red Hat, of Durham, N.C., will use eDirectory to give its customers centralized management and authenticated access to services for deploying and managing Linux systems over the Internet. Red Hat will use eDirectory with Dir XML to connect system preferences with administration policies to give users a more personal experience."

"Ironically, it was the Red Hat partnership news that sparked the most speculation about Novell's future. During a press conference following his keynote speech at N+I, Novell CEO Eric Schmidt responded in vague terms to questions about a possible takeover by Red Hat. "The beautiful thing about that question is that I'm not allowed to answer it," Schmidt said. Further fueling the takeover speculation is that No vell's stock price sank from a 52-week high of $45 per share in February to less than $8 in June. The stock has lately been trading at about $10 per share."

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