Novell Releases Ximian Red Carpet Enterprise

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-11-11 Print this article Print

Novell on Tuesday released the latest version of Ximian Red Carpet Enterprise, the first Ximian product to ship since it acquired the Linux developer in August.

Novell Inc. on Tuesday released the latest version of Ximian Red Carpet Enterprise, the first Ximian product to ship since it acquired the developer in August. Ximian first released Red Carpet Enterprise last October. The product provides enterprise software package distribution for Linux, including dependency resolution, distribution, installation, rollback, repairs and reporting.
The latest software, which automates the central management of software on workstations and servers running a variety of Linux distributions, is available immediately at a cost of $200 per managed system.
Red Carpet Enterprise 2 offers users centralized and automated management, maintenance and updating of Linux servers and desktops, which Novell chief technology officer Alan Nugent said significantly reduces the cost of Linux ownership for customers, allowing them to concentrate resources on other strategic projects. "Its ability to integrate with external repositories allows for automated enterprise Linux updates. Red Carpet Enterprise offers the industrys broadest support of Linux distributions and applications, including SuSE Linux, Red Hat and Ximian," Nugent said. With the purchase of Ximian and the pending acquisition of SuSE Linux announced last week, the Provo, Utah-based Novell continued to fulfill its commitment to provide a full range of Linux solutions, Nugent said. Red Carpet Enterprise 2 further simplifies the administration and automation process of distributing software and updates. Software packages can now be grouped into package sets; and inventory support for managed servers and workstations now collects network information, including hardware, software and system specifications. The versions enhanced enterprise software distribution uses caching servers to more effectively transfer packages across slow network connections, Nugent said. Some customers, like Marilyn Kain, a vice president at Crossbeam Systems, welcomed the new product. "By leveraging Red Carpet Enterprise as part of our security management system, our customers are protected through automatic software updates, and they can always access the administration console from any location to change their configuration," she said. Ximian Red Carpet Enterprise, which is part of Novell Resource Management, also extends the Linux capabilities of Novell ZENworks, a solution for managing of desktops, servers and handhelds, Nugent said. Click here for more information on Novells ZENworks management solution. In other news, Ximian, which is also working on the Mono Project,which started in 2001 as an effort to implement Microsoft Corp.s .Net Framework to Unix, has again pushed out the roadmap for the release of Mono 1.0. That is due to the number of new technologies Microsoft Corp. announced at its Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles last month. In the latest Mono roadmap, Miguel de Icaza, the chief technology officer for Ximian, now predicted the release of Mono 1.0 in the first quarter of 2004. "From the Mono release schedule perspective, we should think about these technologies from their release time standpoint, and the features that must be supported," 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.

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