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Linux's Recent One-Two Punch

The Linux market got a major shot in the arm last week, as the Open Source Development Labs announced the completion of the Linux 2.6 production kernel and Novell released its NetWare services on Linux.

The completion of the Linux 2.6 kernel after a three-year development effort is expected to enhance Linux use in the enterprise, on desktops and in the telecommunications space. Red Hat and SUSE plan to incorporate the kernel in their distributions in mid- to late 2004.

Meanwhile, just one month after disclosing plans to acquire SUSE, Novell announced the availability of many of its flagship NetWare services,including file, print, messaging, directory and management services,on the open-source operating system.

The new suite, called Nterprise Linux Services 1.0, has many features of NetWare 6.5, including Virtual Office, eDirectory, iFolder, iPrint and iManage. It also integrates the company's NetMail Internet messaging and calendaring product as well as Novell Resource Management code, acquired from Ximian and its Red Carpet network service this year.

The integrated stack was made available last week through Novell Authorized Resellers and solution providers at a suggested price of $59 per user, the Provo, Utah, company said.

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