Novell is considering plans to release the source code of its Novell Directory Services (NDS) to increase the number of applications using the technology.
Novell is looking to accelerate the numbers of developers building Novell compatible software by freely distributing the source code. NDS is used to manage network resources and keep track of users.
"We are looking at the open source business model to work out what part of our code could be applicable - NDS may be one of those technologies," said Novell strategy director Stephen Davies.
If Novell releases the source code, developers will be able to see exactly how NDS is put together - and make more fully integrated products. Davies said the move is partly a response to the success of Linux, the free operating system.
"It's a great way of getting technologies adopted in the market place," he said. Davies could not say when Novell would announce a decision.
Butler Group research manager Mike Thompson said that moving to open source would be good news for users because it would promote interoperability, and would result in tighter integration between NDS and applications.
Thompson said Novell would hope to increase the number of developers working with its products by making the source code freely available. Microsoft has already released free source code to this end.
"The more applications that Novell can get running on NDS brings it additional revenue and raises its profile," said Thompson.
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