Novell joins Eclipse consortium

Novell used LinuxWorld Expo in New York to deepen its commitment to Linux and open source development by unveiling a handful of products and announcing it has joined the Eclipse consortium.

In joining Eclipse, the company for the first time will be able to offer developers a common tooling strategy for its developers by providing a more unified environment for building, testing, and debugging solutions that cross the breadth of its applications.

"As we have moved our Linux strategy forward, enhancing our secure identity management and Web services products, the missing component has been a unified development environment that allows us and partners to work across all Novell Technologies," said Chris Stone, Novell's vice chairman.

The company also rolled out the first beta release of its GroupWise 6.5 for Linux messaging product. Company officials said they expect the finished version of the product to be available in the first half of this year. The product features native support for the company's Ximian Evolution workgroup information management application.

Version 6.5 will be part of the company's Nterprise, a set of offerings designed to enhance communication as well as simplify and automate network management,

Novell also announced that Ximian Red Carpet Enterprise is now capable of maintaining and managing IBM’s eServer systems working in a SuSE Linux Enterprise Server environment. The product will be able to now offer centralised and automated management and maintenance of IBM's Linux on Power eServer systems as well as Big Blue's zSeries of mainframes.

Novell formally rolled out its exteNd 5 product, a services-oriented application development suite designed to help corporate users to more quickly design and develop Web services as a way to reach new users. The product has drag-and-drop tools that enable enterprise developers to integrate legacy systems and applications using Web services. These services can then be orchestrated into business processes and delivered through portals requiring no programming, according to company officials.