Novell Debuts First Linux Product

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.