Novell plans to tighten its
products' ties with open-source software by bundling
open-source software with its own commercial products,
including its flagship NetWare OS. This will help the
company create incentives to get open-source developers
to use Novell software. Novell also will commit to incorporate
Web services standards within its products, including
the Universal Description, Discovery and Integration
(UDDI) standard for locating Web services on a network.
NetWare 6.5 will ship this
year and will be packaged with the open source database
MySQL and Apache Web server. The upcoming version of
NetWare will also incorporate a J2EE version 1.3 Java
application server. The company feels that the packaging
will make it easier to build business applications using
NetWare and to share information with non-NetWare software.
To show its commitment to ongoing standards efforts,
Novell said that it will release the code for its Nsure
identity management software to the standards group
that handles the UDDI standard. Novell's Nsure server
is used to verify the identity of people as they log
onto a network to access applications.