Novell announces workgroup software suite

At Novell's BrainShare user conference this week in Salt Lake City, the company launched a suite of Linux software for workgroups in the enterprise.

The company's Novell Open Workgroup Suite includes Novell's GroupWise collaboration package for Linux, the company's ZENworks management package and the Linux version of Open Enterprise Server, which uses Novell's SuSE Enterprise Linux Server. For clients, the Open Workgroup Suite supports either Windows XP or Novell's SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop.

Open Workgroup Suite is priced at US$110 per user/machine for a perpetual license and US$75 for annual maintenance. For existing Novell NetWare customers, the suite is available with the NetWare version of Open Enterprise Server and GroupWise and as an upgrade bundle to existing customers of NetWare, GroupWise, ZENworks or their competing products for US$150 per user/device.

The product is expected to be available in early May.

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