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

"It has in it a number of different components, from file components to print, messaging, directory and identity management components, as well as some overall management capabilities. We tried to wrap it up and bring a nice user experience forward for users as they deploy this product in their environments," he said. A closed beta program will begin soon and involve some 100 to 150 of Novells customers and partners. The product target market is the Linux early adopter, which ranges from large enterprises to small and medium-sized businesses.
"We hope we can overcome some of the technical barriers around Linux by bringing our entire ecosystem to play. This is not just about the product suite but also about the technical support and education infrastructure that accompanies it," he said.
While Hawkins declined to comment on the legal dispute between IBM and The SCO Group, which also claims that Linux is an unauthorized derivative of Unix, he did say that "you can clearly see that we are moving forward with regard to Linux." Novell on Tuesday will also announce that it has struck agreements with three major hardware vendors—Dell, HP and IBM—who endorsed its Linux offerings and strategy and will offer these Novell solutions to customers going forward. Full training and support will also be offered under these partnership agreements, Hawkins said, declining to say how this would be implemented by the OEMs. "Were still working through a lot of the details at the moment as to how these products will be offered to their customers. But they are embracing and endorsing what were doing and do intend to sell our products to their customers," he said.

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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