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Novell Announces GroupWise Groupware for Linux
Novell announced this week that it had ported its GroupWise email and groupware servers and clients to SuSE's and Red Hat's Linuxes. The new GroupWise 6.5 product also runs on Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Novell's own NetWare operating system. It will be available for Linux on March 30. GroupWise 6.5 costs $130 per seat for a full user using the GroupWise client and $30 per set for users accessing the GroupWise server through Web or wireless clients.
GroupWise is an email, calendaring, instant messaging, contact management, document management, and workflow middleware that Novell has been selling for years. It has an installed base of 34 million clients, making it the third largest installed base of groupware clients behind Microsoft Exchange, which has about 90 million seats, and IBM's Notes/Domino, which has about 100 million seats. What the advent of GroupWise for Linux means for the SuSE Openexchange Server 4 rival that SuSE has been pushing for more than a year is unclear, but the two programs are clearly rivals. While Novell has not said anything officially, my sources say that the company plans to keep both Openexchange Server and GroupWise alive and market them to different sets of customers.
Novell said also announced that later this year, the Evolution client that Novell acquired when it bought Ximian last year will support GroupWise natively. Native support in GroupWise 6.5 for the GAIM open source instant messaging client will be available within 30 days, says Novell.
Novell Makes Yast Linux Administration Tool Open Source
Novell has also announced that it was putting SuSE's Yet Another Setup Tool (Yast) system administration tool (which is very good, in our opinion) out into the open source community. Specifically, Novell has released the Yast configuration tool that SuSE created for its Linux implementation into the open source community under the GNU General Public License.
By releasing Yast to the community, Novell hopes that it will become more widely used and augmented to become the core system management tool to tie Linux into third party applications and into OpenView, Tivoli, Unicenter, Red Carpet, and ZenWorks systems management tools, which run on Linux, Unix, Windows, and other platforms. This is a job that is too large for Novell to take on profitably by itself, since it cannot charge for Yast, so letting it go as an open source program is the best way to ensure that it may live and thrive in the future. Only time will tell.
IBM Releases Beta of "Stinger" DB2 for Power-Linux Combo
Two months ago, at LinuxWorld, IBM was talking up the future version of DB2 Integrated Cluster Environment for the Power platform, which was code-named "Stinger." Back then, IBM said that DB2 ICE, a clustered and grid-aware version of DB2 that competes with Oracle's current Oracle9i Real Application Clusters and future Oracle10g databases, would be commercialized on the Power platform within six to nine months. Last week, IBM announced the technology preview of Stinger on the Linux partitions running on both iSeries and pSeries servers. You can sign up for the beta program at www.ibm.com/db2/stinger. Stinger also will be available on Unix and Windows platforms and is being beta tested on these platforms as well as on Power-Linux. It will also obviously be supported on X86-based Lintel machines.
The kinds of clusters that Oracle9i RAC and DB2 ICE implement allow a database to be distributed over many machines and to actually share work, not just cover each other in the event of a failed server node. Oddly enough, OS/400, the operating system created for the AS/400 minicomputer, and its own internal DB2/400 variant have had this capability since DB2 Multisystem was rolled out with OS/400 V3R7 in late 1995. This is only new technology to the Linux, Unix, and Windows.
Sun Promotes Java System Web Server on Entry Linux Iron
Sun Microsystems has launched a new promotion that it hopes will help it push its entry Sparc and X86 servers and its Java System Web Server into new accounts. Under a special promotion, companies that buy a Sun Fire V210, V240, or V250 Sparc server; a V60x or V65x Intel Xeon DP server; or a Sun BL1600 blade server chassis with either Sparc or AMD Athlon blades can get the Java System Web server for $399 per machine. Normally, this Web server costs $1,495 per processor. And customers who act fast can put a Sun premium software support contract on that Web server for only $120. Sun is supporting either Linux or Solaris of X86 on the X86 machines and Solaris on the Sparc machines.
Sun Gives Free Opteron Servers to New Sun Developer Network Subscribers
After the launch of its Sun Fire V20z Opteron-based servers, in February, Sun Microsystems quietly announced that programmers who signed up in the United States for its Sun Developer Network for a three-year stint, which costs $1,499, would receive a free V20z server and a special software bundle called the Java Enterprise Developer Promotion. This bundle includes Solaris 9 for X86 (which is currently running in 32-bit mode on the Opteron machine), Java Studio Enterprise for Java development, and Sun Studio for C, C++, and Fortran development, next-day on-site support, and access to the Sun developer forums, e-mail tech support, and knowledge bases.
By offering the free machine, Sun is trying to get developers geared up to support Solaris on Opteron, which is going to be its big play in the entry server market in the coming years. If developers are not fired up, then no apps will get ported to Opteron.
Versata to Support iSeries Linux with Java IDE
We have an update on the iSeries support that Versata is planning to bring to its Versata Logic Suite Java development environment. The company's president and chief executive, Alan Baratz, says the company has a customer in Germany that has already used the Versata Logic Suite to develop an iSeries ERP application for rental car operations. While that customer is already in production, Versata will hold off making any official announcement of iSeries support until the CeBIT technology conference in Germany later this week. Baratz also says the company will support iSeries Linux with the Versata Logic Suite, and that it currently has no plans to support the iSeries and AS/400 proprietary operating system, which is called OS/400.
Parasoft's SOAPTest Checks Web Services Against WS-I Standard
Web services developers gained new software last week to test their Web services against Web Services Interoperability Organization standards. Parasoft last week announced that its SOAPtest 2.5 testing software can be used to make sure that Web Services Description Language (WSDL) and Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) traffic are up to par, as far as the WS-I's Basic Profile 1.0 standard goes. SOAPtest, a comprehensive tool for testing various aspects of a Web service, everything from WSDL validation to performance testing, uses the WS-I's own Testing Tools 1.0 for the new SOAP and WSDL checking. SOAPtest 2.5 costs $3,995 and runs on Linux, Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Solaris operating systems.