Netware users given Linux option

Novell has given thousands of business users of its network operating system Netware the option of migrating to the rival Linux...

Novell has given thousands of business users of its network operating system Netware the option of migrating to the rival Linux operating system.

Although Novell said last week it will maintain its Netware product, it also said it would build Netware services around the kernel of the Linux open source operating system.

At the Brainshare event in Salt Lake City last week, Novell chief executive Jack Messman said customers were concerned about the future of Netware. "People have been worried about where Netware is heading and they want a good migration path. [Novell's strategy] is about the services, not the kernel."

Shannon Kessner, manager of Intel core services for Southwest Airlines, said, "It provides an option. In some circles Netware is seen as legacy. This makes a statement: Netware is embracing open source and allows users to move forward with a choice."

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