Novell Strengthens Commitment to Linux

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Strengthening its growing commitment to Linux, Novell has joined the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), a global consortium of customers and leading technology companies committed to accelerating Linux adoption.  OSDL is home to Linus Torvalds, who created Linux. Founded in 2000, it is a nonprofit organization providing Linux expertise and computing and test facilities in the U.S. and Japan. Other members include Alcatel, Cisco, Computer Associates, Dell, Ericsson, HP, IBM, Intel, Nokia, Red Hat, Sun Microsystems, Turbolinux and more.




Novell will participate in OSDL initiatives to advance the use of Linux in the enterprise. For example, Novell will be part of the Data Center Linux (DCL) working group, which works on the hardening Linux for use in the business data center. Novell also joins the many OSDL members that want to create a working group initiative focused on Linux on the desktop.




Chris Stone, Novell vice chairman, office of the CEO, attributed the Linux industry’s rapid acceleration to its ability to provide customers lower-cost computing, while at the same time giving them more freedom and control of their IT investments. “By joining forces with OSDL, Novell aims to take a leadership role in helping the industry overcome the many challenges that still exist to help Linux fulfill its promise as an end-to-end enterprise computing platform,” he said.




Novell has been expanding its role in the Linux industry for much of the past year. Most recently, it announced that it planned to acquire SUSE Linux, a leading enterprise Linux company. This acquisition strengthens Novell’s position in the enterprise Linux market.




In further support of its Linux initiatives, Novell is preparing the Novell Certified Linux Engineer (CLE) certification, which Daniel Veitkus recently said would be launched worldwide in early 2004. 




Find out more about OSDL at And for more information about Novell’s Linux certification see

Emily Hollis is associate editor for Certification Magazine. She can be reached at 

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