Novell has released a public beta of its Open Enterprise Server, which contains technology from SuSE Linux and NetWare
. Novell, who have been working on the product since their acquisition of SuSE Linux in November 2003, believe that the software is vital to the company's strategy of "straddling the open-source and proprietary software models."
Novell Open Enterprise Server will allow current customers to run a mixed network of NetWare and SuSE Linux servers and use a common management tool. With one component of the offering, called Novell Nterprise Linux Services 1.0, Novell has rewritten common NetWare functions, such as file- and printer-sharing and security, to run on SuSE Linux.
Included in the package are the NetWare operating system kernel and the SuSE Linux Server 9 Enterprise Edition. Based on the 2.6 kernel, this distribution also includes high-availability software for preventing server crashes and end-user productivity tools iFolder and Virtual Office.