Driving Linux Deep into the Enterprise

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Novell Inc.'s acquisition of SuSE Linux AG had nothing to do with competing with Microsoft Corp. It's all about driving Linux deep into the enterprise.

Novell Inc.'s acquisition of SuSE Linux AG had nothing to do with competing with Microsoft Corp. and everything to do with driving Linux deep into the enterprise, Novell and SuSE officials said at a media teleconference on Tuesday morning.

Chris Stone, vice chairman of Novell, of Provo, Utah, stressed that the deal had not been done to compete with Microsoft. "If that happens, it's a nice benefit, but the objective here is to reduce impediments to Linux in the enterprise. This is not about competing with Microsoft, this is about addressing any impediments that might have been holding Linux back," he said.

Also addressing the conference from Germany, Novell CEO and Chairman Jack Messman said Novell would be the only $1 billion company offering a Linux stack from the desktop to the server with worldwide technical support.

"This deal is also good for the open-source community as Novell will continue to actively contribute to and support the community. All the core Novell networking services that reside on NetWare will be provided on Linux going forward," he said.

Novell recently acquired open-source developer Ximian Inc. and so the platform had been the missing piece. "We have now plugged that hole through the acquisition of SuSE, which was a good strategic fit for us," he said.

Novell and SuSE could also soon become the No. 1 Linux company, replacing Red Hat. "Linux is the future of computing and Novell Linux will be a leader. Customers want choice and competitive pricing, and we can now deliver low-cost, high-performance Linux solutions. This merger is good for the open-source community, Novell and SuSE. Novell is also firmly committed to maintaining SuSE's presence in Nurenberg," Messman said.

SuSE CEO Richard Seibt said SuSE wanted its operating system to become the de facto Linux standard. Its customers wanted a global support and sales organization that they could call on as well as a local partner base and local training resources.

"Together with Novell we can drive the adoption of Linux much faster than we would have been able to do by ourselves," he said.

There was also no decrease in demand from customers for its Linux products in spite of the legal uncertainties posed by The SCO Group's legal actions, and SuSE expects this to increase following this deal, Seibt said.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at www.eweek.com.


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