"Though IBM sells and supports both Novell and Red Hat
Enterprise Linux, Big Blue is getting closer with Novell, at least
on the middleware side.
"IBM announced today that WebSphere Application Server Community
Edition (WAS CE) will be shipped and supported in Novell's SUSE
Linux Enterprise Server (SLES). As part of the deal, IBM will work
with Novell to help end users migrate from Red Hat's JBoss
middleware, which competes directly with WAS CE.
"In parallel with the new Novell integration IBM also announced
WAS CE 2.0 which has full JavaEE 5 support will be generally
available later this year. WAS CE is based on Apache Geronimo and
has been part of the IBM portfolio since the acquisition of
commercial Geronimo vendor Gluecode in May 2005..."