Novell unveils NetWare road map

At its annual user conference in Salt Lake City, Novell Inc. this week unveiled its plans for its next operating system.

The company has renamed its flagship NetWare to Open Enterprise Server, a version that contains NetWare services as well as SuSE Linux Enterprise Server. Open Enterprise Server will ship by year-end.

The company shipped Nterprise Linux Services last year, and will this year introduce a new version - Nterprise Linux Services 2.0. Its functionality will be folded into Open Enterprise Server and be discontinued as a separate product when Open Enterprise Server ships.

Currently customers with maintenance contracts are being supplied with Nterprise Linux Services and SuSE Linux Enterprise Server.

Novell announced its entry into Linux last year. The company has since acquired SuSE and Ximian Inc., two prominent Linux companies.

The company also announced the iFolder Open Source Project, in which an open version of its file management product will be developed. Novell will also continue to develop iFolder as a commercial product.

Further, the company announced that they will release the YAST management suite into the GNU General Public License (GPL). The company will also release its own management suite ZENworks 6.5 mid-year. It will include the Ximian Red Carpet.

Novell claims that BrainShare has drawn 6,000 attendees this year, as many as 25 percent of them are first time attendees drawn in by an interest in Linux.

Novell's claim on Linux is so big that the company built the BrainShare network on 25 SuSE Linux servers running Ximian Desktop and the SuSE desktop.

"We don't got no stinkin' Windows at BrainShare this year," Novell Chairman and CEO Jack Messman says.

Novell internally is rolling out SuSE and the open source OpenOffice productivity suite.

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