Novell plans small business Linux product

Later this month, Novell plans to ship a suite of software for small businesses looking to switch to Linux.

Novell has announced plans to release new software based on its Suse Linux operating system that is designed to make it easier for small businesses to move to Linux.

Called Linux Small Business Suite 9, the product will ship on March 31, according to the vendor.

Similar to the NetWare-based Novell Business Suite 6.5, the suite is designed for businesses with as many as three servers and 100 users. Both products include Novell's GroupWise collaboration software, but the Linux version will also include Suse Linux Enterprise Server 9 and the Novell Linux Desktop.

The Linux Small Business Suite would have installation software designed to make it easy for nontechnical users to install the Linux desktop and server software, and would come with Novell's eDirectory and iManager management software, Novell's vice-president and general manager of Linux, David Patrick, said.

"It gives them everything they need," he said.

The software will support both Windows and Linux clients and will be priced starting at $US475 for a five-client license.

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