Novell has started shipping its Novell Open Enterprise Server, which combines its NetWare network operating software with SuSE Linux Enterprise Server software.
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The package delivers to users file, print, directory, management, collaboration and application services on a single platform using established commercial and open source solutions.
Jack Messman, Novell chief executive, said, "Open Enterprise Server protects the prior investment that customers made in NetWare and extends to them the freedom and flexibility of Linux.
"Only Novell is offering software from both the open source and commercial spectrums to allow customers the flexibility of choice which provides them real economic value through lower costs."
The server solution has won the hardware and chip backing of AMD, Dell, HP, IBM and Intel, and security software companies McAfee and Trend Micro have all given support.
These companies say they will bring out solutions supporting OES in the near future.
Despite Novell using NetWare in the new product, there are still fears among some users that Novell is about to end support for established standalone NetWare solutions.
The company has yet to release a roadmap for new NetWare development.