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Novell Joins OSDL, Ditto NetApp

Novell Joins OSDL, Ditto NetApp

Novell must be satisfied with the hazy scope of the Open Software Development Lab's new desktop charter because it up and joined the outfit and the company, the new owner of Ximian and soon SUSE, was known to have made a desktop initiative a condition of its membership.

Novell's CTO Jeffrey Hawkins has been put on the OSDL board.

Network Appliance has also joined the consortium, which fancies it can become the heartbeat of Linux.

The desktop initiative came about at the behest of the consortium's secret end-user advisory council that doesn't want to be labeled Microsoft haters, OSDL has said.

Novell said that by joining OSDL it 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." It said it will take part in the consortium's Data Center Linux working group as well as the desktop group. So will NetApp in anticipation of the coming release of the 2.6 kernel making Linux more attractive as a data center solution.

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