Late last week, Novell posted the public beta for Open Enterprise Server on its Web site. The company has said it intends to .
Novell has been working on the combined NetWare-Linux product since itin November 2003. The upcoming product is central to the company's strategy of straddling the open-source and proprietary software models.
With a declining base of NetWare users, Novell has invested heavily in beefing up Linux--which has broader industry support than NetWare--to provide. Novell has also taken on other open-source products, including desktop software and development tools.
Novell Open Enterprise Server will allow current customers to run a mixed network of NetWare and SuSE Linux servers and use a common management tool. With one component of the offering, called Novell Nterprise Linux Services 1.0, Novell has rewritten common NetWare functions, such as file- and printer-sharing and security, to run on SuSE Linux.
The package includes the NetWare operating system kernel and the SuSE Linux Server 9 Enterprise Edition, which is based on the Linux 2.6 kernel. It also includes so-called high-availability software for preventing server crashes and end-user productivity tools iFolder and Virtual Office.