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

Users will also later be able to plug in other connectors to other systems down the line using DirXML. While these will not be included in the suite, it will plug into the infrastructure being put in place. The directory is also being plumbed so that authentication requests that come into traditional Linux services are redirected to eDirectory so that it could be the single source of authentication requests, Hawkins said. On the file services front, Novell is including its iFolder technology, which will be integrated with the end user experience and the Web access methods in the suite. Novell will also bring its iPrint technology to Linux, which is enterprise ready, location based, and allows large print jobs to flow through the system.
"We are also bringing the Virtual Office Web experience to Linux as well. This is a portable infrastructure experience, and when you install Nterprise Linux Services you can immediately plumb all of your end-users to have this experience," he said.
Hawkins acknowledged that the company hoped the product would ultimately demonstrate the superior technology solution it offered and buy additional Novell products and services. "We believe that we have a better manageability, scalability and stability story and that end users like our services better. Weve been at this a very long time," 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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