Novell Debuts First Linux Product

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-06-24 Print this article Print

Novell on Tuesday will announce Nterprise Linux Services, the first product in the upcoming Novell Nterprise Linux suite.

Novell Inc. on Tuesday will announce Nterprise Linux Services, the first product in its upcoming Novell Nterprise Linux suite, which the company intends to deliver as it moves to embrace Linux across all its products and services. Nterprise Linux Services is expected to be available before then end of this year. Pricing will be announced once the final product shipping timeframe and packaging decisions are clearer. "But this announcement fulfills some of the promises we made at our recent BrainShare conference about where we were going with Linux," Jeff Hawkins, the vice president of Novells Linux business office, told eWEEK in an interview.
Users will not need Novell NetWare in their environment to run any of the services that are included in the Novell Nterprise Linux suite, which will interoperate with and function in a mixed environment and as a standalone, he said.
"As Novell already offers some Linux services as well as services like eDirectory and its attendant DirXML on many attendant platforms, this announcement signals Novells intention to bring together an integrated suite and this is our first offering along that path," he said. But Nterprise Linux Services will bring together a lot of Novells traditional—and some new—values to the Linux platform, while helping organizations embrace and use Linux in the enterprise datacenter. "It will break down some of the barriers that currently exist and is one step on a path we are taking toward fully embracing Linux.

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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