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Novell Goes Fishing

Novell Goes Fishing

Novell is paying $210 million for SUSE and is going to treat the operating system as a commodity once the acquisition is completed, according to what Nathan Friedman, Ximian co-founder and now VP of R&D in Novell's Ximian Services business unit, said in a speech at the Linux Desktop confab in Boston this week.

Apparently Novell is going to charge for everything above the operating system and apparently there might be a difference of opinion about what exactly should go into the operating system.

Otherwise, Novell is reportedly on the threshold of spinning out the project that up until now has been known by the code name Hamachi, which is young Yellowtail to sushi lovers.

It's supposed to be parts of Novell's flagging NetWare functionality on Linux. It's previously been described as including Novell's directory, file, print, web, install, admin, messaging and mail.

The rest of the Novell widgetry is supposed to be swept up next year as part of a follow-on project, due late next year - or maybe later - reportedly code named Maguro, Japanese for tuna. It's previously been described as adding search and an extensible file system.

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