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Novell Updates GroupWise For Linux, Adds Windows Patch

A day after debuting SuSE Linux 9.1, Novell on Friday introduced an all-Linux version of GroupWise, its collaboration platform, and rolled out a patch-management system for Windows.

The new GroupWise 6.5 for Linux will hit the streets on April 15, said Novell, with support for the open-source operating system on both the client and server sides.

GroupWise is Novell's collaboration platform--it competes with the likes of IBM's Lotus Notes/Domino and Microsoft's Exchange/Live Communications Server--which includes e-mail, calendaring, instant messaging (IM), contact- and document-management, and workflow services.

Part of the Provo, Utah-based company's Nterprise family, GroupWise now runs on Linux--both its own SuSE Linux Enterprise Server and Red Hat's Enterprise Linux distributions are supported--as well as Windows 2000/NT and NetWare.

Later this year, said Novell, it will add native support for GroupWise 6.5 for Linux to the Ximian Evolution e-mail and workgroup client for Linux systems. In 2003, Novell went on a Linux spending spree, first acquiring Ximian in August, and then picking up SuSE in November.

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