Two on Novell's Big Linux Moves
Apr 15, 2003, 14:30 (10 Talkback[s])
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Computerworld: Novell Adopts Linux as NetWare Migration
"Faced with the reality of a steadily falling share of the
network operating system market, Novell Inc. today answered the
NetWare migration question. And the answer is Linux.
"At its annual BrainShare user and partner conference here,
Novell executives announced that NetWare 7, due out in
approximately two years, will be a set of services that sits on top
of both the NetWare and Linux kernels.
"'We are not dropping NetWare; we are adding Linux. This is not
a departure from NetWare,' said Jack Messman, Novell's chairman and
CEO. 'We will not abandon you, and you need not abandon us,'
Messman told the Novell faithful in his keynote speech..."
PR: Novell GroupWise Welcomes Linux and Mac Users to Secure,
Novell today announced a Novell GroupWise client for Linux and
Macintosh desktops, giving customers additional choices for taking
advantage of the most trusted and secure messaging platform in the
industry. The Java-based GroupWise client for Linux and Macintosh
is based on technology Novell acquired from N-iX, a division of
Newcomp Computer Systems. It will be available to customers later
"The mixed technology found in customer organizations today
requires savvy vendors who can tie it all together with proven and
secure solutions, and that's what Novell does best," said Alan
Nugent, Novell chief technology officer. "The GroupWise client for
Linux and Macintosh lets customers use GroupWise to increase
collaboration security and reduce costs while deploying the desktop
systems that make the most sense for their business. Making systems
play together so business is more profitable is Novell's vision of
one Net, and we're building it into every solution we provide."
A Novell Nterprise solution, GroupWise handles e-mail,
calendaring, instant messaging, contact management, document
management and workflow services across network operating systems
including Novell NetWare and Windows NT/2000.
The GroupWise client for Linux and Mac comes on the heels of
Novell's shipping of GroupWise 6.5 last month, further
strengthening the market-proven collaboration solution currently
used by more than 34 million people. GroupWise 6.5 caters to the
way people really work, giving them access to their information
when and where they need it through the client or Web browser via
desktop and laptop computers, wireless telephones, PDAs and RIM
devices. GroupWise 6.5 now includes GroupWise Messenger for secure
instant messaging within the enterprise.
Kevin Johnston, IT director for the U.S. Army's Utility
Helicopters Project Management Office, said, "Our primary form of
day-to-day communication is e-mail, and GroupWise 6.5 gives our mix
of on-the-road and in-the-office users the reliable tools they need
to stay in touch and take care of critical business immediately.
The benefits we derive from GroupWise are numerous, such as the
efficiency of improved contact management and the time savings
GroupWise anti-spam features give users and administrators. The
user-friendly interface means our users can be productive quickly
whether they are brand new or long-time power users."
IDC Research Vice President Mark Levitt said, "Recognizing that
not everyone does Windows, Novell is broadening the audience for
its secure and mobile/wireless collaboration with GroupWise for
Linux and Mac users. This platform support, along with the rich
functionality Novell includes as standard, fully integrated parts
of every GroupWise license, gives customers more reason to choose
Novell GroupWise is part of Novell Nterprise, a set of services
that improve communication, simplify and automate network
management, and allow workers to be productive regardless of
location, device or platform. For more information, visit