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Novell Brings Out The Hula Hoop


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Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2005 08:50:54 +1100

Recently I received news of a press release from Novell. In essence it says:
- Novell donates 200,000+ lines of source code and invites community development ...

BOSTON (LinuxWorld Conference & Expo 2005) * Feb. 15, 2005 * Novell announced the formation of Hula, a new community project to create an open source collaboration server. The server will provide calendar and mail functionality ... Hula will be based on code taken from Novell's NetMail collaboration server product ...

Novell has donated the core components of NetMail to provide a starting point for the Hula project. Hula today includes standards-based e-mail, calendaring and address book functionality that can scale to 250,000 registered users on a single PC with 50,000 simultaneously connected users ...

Note: I have removed most of the (unnecessary) superlatives that usually accompany such press releases.

For more info see hula-project.org.

Novell has gone into decline since the heyday of the Netware years. And this is another of many initiatives to revive their flagging fortunes. Novell seem to have decided to nail their colours to the Open Source mast.

So, it will be interesting to see if they succeed. This will be measured by their quarterly profit reports. Let's wait and see what happens ...


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