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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-07-15 Print this article Print

While CA is committed to open innovation and will be working with the community and its customers to derive value, "if we take open source under the right General Public License [GPL] and incorporate it, we are going to win," Greenblatt said. "Everybody knows that a secure shell is a lot better than a remote shell and OpenSSH 3.6 is shipped free of charge in every distribution. Wouldnt it be nice to take OpenSSH and integrate it into a fuller software distribution package that can track it secured and ensure that you are doing the right things?" he said.
Greenblatt said CA was also working toward a formal partnership with Ximian. While he declined to be specific about the nature of that relationship, he did ask, "Why would I want to write a package manager when Ximians Red Carpet product is out there? If you had Linux and it was in the enterprise, why wouldnt you tie that into a larger solution?"
CA is also working on better cluster management and provisioning; better Web management; as well as storage management with virtualization as the current Veritas virtual manager is very specific. Customers also want help with bonded nets and routed mesh. "We are absolutely committed to application management, change management as well as actual management to make the administrators job easier. These are the areas that you are going to see a lot of products fill out in our portfolio over the next year, starting in the near future, at LinuxWorld San Francisco next month," he said. Five new CA products will be announced at LinuxWorld, all of them fitting into the above-mentioned categories, Greenblatt added, declining to be more specific. CA is also devoting a day of its conference—Tuesday—to Linux, referring to it as its Linux Solution Day. This will include a session dealing with the future of Linux, from the upcoming 2.6 kernel and beyond, as well as a session looking at hardware and Linux and how to establish a solid platform. Another session will examine mission-critical Linux performances with optimized hardware and databases, as well as a customer roundtable to discuss their Linux experiences. Linus Torvalds, the founder of Linux and the first full-time fellow at the Open Source Development Lab (OSDL) will be present, as will Larry Augustin, chairman of VA Software, and John "Maddog" Hall, an executive director of Linux International.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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