Novell Backs Open-Source Development Lab

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-12-09 Print this article Print

Novell Inc. on Tuesday said it had joined the Open Source Development Lab and that Jeffrey Hawkins, a Novell vice president, was elected to the OSDL board of directors.

Novell Inc. on Tuesday said it had joined the Open Source Development Lab and that Jeffrey Hawkins, a Novell vice president, had been elected to the OSDL board of directors. The announcement follows a string of major Linux moves by Provo, Utah-based Novell this fall, as the company embraced the operating system and promised to offer Linux solution across its entire product line. The company is also in the process of acquiring SuSE Linux AG. Stuart Cohen, the chief executive officer of the Beaverton, Ore.-based Lab, said Novell would participate in a number of OSDL initiatives including the Data Center Linux working group, which is focused on the business-hardening of Linux for use in the Data Center.
"Novell will participate in the Labs key initiatives to advance the use of Linux for enterprise computing," Cohen said.
The OSDL recently launched a campaign to discuss the development process for the Linux kernel and its forthcoming Version 2.6. Click here, for more information. The Lab, a global consortium of customers and technology companies dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux, is also expected to announce the creation of a working group initiative for Linux on the desktop in the near future, with Novell likely to play an active role in that regard. Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, and his right-hand man, Andrew Morton, are both employed by the Lab. To read more about the consortium, click here. That initiative comes as Sun Microsystems, Inc. continues to land new customers for its Java Desktop System, which many in the community consider essentially a Linux-based desktop solution, with little to do with Java except for its name and branding. "Novells unique perspective on global enterprise computing software is a welcome addition to OSDL. We expect Novell to be a significant contributor to virtually all of our industry initiatives, as well as to the overall mission of the Lab," Cohen said on Tuesday. For his part, Chris Stone, a vice president at Novell, said joining forces with the Lab would help his company to take a leadership role in helping the industry overcome the many challenges that still exist to help Linux fulfill its promise as an end-to-end enterprise computing platform.
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.

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