Novell has unveiled the latest version of its Netware operating system, including new open source, business continuity and application development elements.
Netware 6.5, previously code-named Nakoma, is due this summer. As revealed by vnunet.com last week, it includes open source technologies Apache, MySQL, Perl, PHP and Tomcat.
Novell's Extend application server, which the vendor picked up from its acquisition of SilverStream Software, is also included to enable customers to run J2EE applications.
"In the past we've never had an application server in Netware but now we do," said Chris Stone, vice chairman in the office of the chief executive at Novell.
He explained that the company is also simplifying the roadmap for Netware by incorporating functionality in Netware 6.5 that was previously planned for later versions, such as self-configuring abilities.
The new release features Virtual Office, which makes files, email, calendars and printers available via a web browser, and tools to aid server consolidation and help business continuity by allowing customers to set up 'business continuance' clusters with fail-over to distant sites.
Novell is also working on a Groupwise client for Linux and Macintosh desktops, likely to be available later this year, which Stone claimed would be the first enterprise class messaging and collaboration system for Linux.
"We are changing from being an engineering-focused company to a customer-focused company. We will work from the customer back rather than from the lab forward," said Jack Messman, chairman and chief executive at Novell.
He added that the company will make a greater effort to involve customers in developing products. "We want to make it easier to do business with Novell," stated Messman.
The vendor has also set up an open source developer website at forge.novell.com, and is releasing the source code for Novell Nsure UDDI server.
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