The following message comes from Jack Messman, the CEO of Novell, who
clearly regrets some remarks he made about Linux. It is not uncommon for
companies to encounter a bit of turbulence when they first try to engage
the free software community. Novell deserves the benefit of the doubt at
this point; let's see where they go from here.
Let me clarify some of the comments I've made around Novell's move to
put NetWare services on the Linux kernel; and let me apologize for my
choice of words in the phrase "immature operating system." Clearly
Novell wouldn't be taking this bold step if we didn't feel Linux was a
solid operating system with tremendous momentum in the marketplace. In
fact, we believe Linux is quite stable and scalable. If we didn't, we
would not commit to using it with our NetWare 7.0 release.
We certainly recognize the value Linux is providing today to customers
around the globe. In fact, the strategy Novell announced this week was
the outgrowth of what we've been hearing from many of those customers.
Simply put, Linux will continue to grow with or without Novell. The Open
Source community is a model Novell endorses. It is the talents from the
developers in this community that attracted us to Linux. We are not
experts here, we need your help. We want to work in close cooperation
with the Open Source community to further the growth of Linux. By doing
this, we can add even more value for developers and ultimately our
Novell has been porting products such as eDirectory, NetMail and
iFolder to Linux for years - and now we're increasing that commitment.
Starting with NetWare 7, traditional NetWare services for file, print,
storage, directories, messaging, collaboration, resource management, Web
development services and many others will sit on top of both the NetWare
and Linux kernels.
Novell wouldn't be spending the tremendous time, money and resources to
make this strategy a reality if we didn't believe in the present and
future of Linux. After building and enhancing NetWare for 20 years, this
is new territory for us. We simply ask for your patience along the way.
Novell Chairman and CEO
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