Novell has announced delivery
of its networking software on Linux later this year
and distribution deals with leading hardware providers.
By the end of 2003, Provo, a Utah-based company, plans
to ship Novell Nterprise Linux Services.
Novell Nterprise Linux Services
is a bundle of software that performs services like
printing and file-sharing on Linux network servers.
It is a collection of some of Novell's networking software
that's written to run on the Red Hat and SuSE distributions
of Linux, according to the company.
As part of the Linux push,
Novell has penned deals with HP, IBM and Dell Computer
to distribute Nterprise Linux Services on their respective
hardware servers. HP will be first out of the gate with
a test, or beta, version of the software bundled on
its ProLiant servers in July. IBM and Dell will follow
later in the year.
Nterprise Linux Services is
a key component in the company's strategy to cash in
on the growing popularity of the open-source software.
The company is also looking to offset the shrinking
base of companies that use its NetWare OS.