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Groupwise, which lets users access e-mail, calendaring, instant messaging and other applications, is already offered for Novell's Netware operating system, Windows NT and Windows 2000.
Groupwise 6.5 for Linux will be available next month for both SuSE Linux and Red Hat's Linux distribution, said Marina Wasler, Novell's director of marketing for central Europe.
Wasler said users who migrate from competing products will be able to buy the software for the price of an upgrade, and users running Groupwise 6.5 on other platforms will be able to get the Linux version for no additional fee.
Novell also confirmed it would release the source code for SuSE's Yast (Yet Another Setup Tool) for managing Linux servers to the open-source community, providing developers with more freedom in how they use the software.
In addition, the company has unveiled plans to release a product to help IT administrators deal with the continuous stream of patches released for Windows. Zenworks Patch Management will be launched later this month, Novell said.