EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS


Novell News Summary – Part III: PlateSpin, GWAVA Conference, and More

Posted in Finance, GNU/Linux, Mail, NetWare, Novell, Servers, Virtualisation at 9:16 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Salt Lake Temple
Salt Lake Temple

Summary: The remainder of Novell’s news for this week

IT was a dry week for Novell’s proprietary business, but here are some highlights.


Novell will report its financial results two and a half weeks from now, having done quite poorly in the previous quarter and the one before that.

Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL) today announced it will issue a press release providing its third fiscal quarter 2009 financial results on Thursday, August 27, 2009, following the market close.

Networking and Other Proprietary Software

Novell’s ZENworks was mentioned by Novell’s PR people because of pricing.

PB & J, Abbott & Costello, America & apple pie… it seems some things just go together. Today Novell is bringing you another great pair — the robust management capabilities of ZENworks Configuration Management Enterprise Edition and the all-in-one productivity of Novell Open Workgroup Suite. This pairing, available in the new Novell ZENworks Extension for Open Workgroup Suite, gives customers a cost-effective and integrated endpoint management solution.

Novell’s eDirectory was mentioned before (on a couple of occasions in fact) in relation to Zend 1.9 and here is some more coverage regarding the subject.

LDAP support has been improved and now allows connectivity with MS ActiveDirectory and Novell’s eDirectory and the Zend_Feed_Reader component provides a common API to Atom and RSS feeds. DBUnit support has been added to Zend_Test and integrates with Zend_Db, allowing for functional and integration testing against databases using data fixtures.

On OES2, which is based on SUSE:

Implementing Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 for Linux (course 3089) is designed to provide hands-on experience using the Linux platform to host Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 services. This course should reduce the fear of migrating to Linux the services currently running on NetWare.

Another old Novell network gets mentioned in relation to Banstead Borough Council.

Ian Machen, project manager at Reigate and Banstead Borough Council, said: “When it came to choosing a log management solution, we consulted a number of local authorities who had recently gone through the selection process. Not only were we drawn towards LogRhythm on the recommendations by our peers, but it was one of the few suppliers which could interface with our Novell-based network.


Novell made some noise about PlateSpin around July 14th, so coverage of PlateSpin announcements continues to appear. As InfoWorld points out, PlateSpin is not in a healthy shape after fairly major departures.

Since the acquisition of PlateSpin, Novell has made a few changes within the virtualization management company. Several key management team members left PlateSpin soon after the acquisition — names like Steven Pollack (CEO), Paul Philp (CTO), and Mark Pilesky (director of corporate marketing), but it doesn’t look like Novell intends to slow down.

…Well, not in terms of marketing anyway. Novell’s PR people carry on making some noise about SUSE virtualisation.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server with integrated Xen has more than 75,000 customers worldwide including, Keller Homes, O’Reilly Automotive, Sesame Workshop, Siemens IT Services & Solutions, VIST Financial Corp. and Western & Southern Financial Group .


GWAVA is organising a conference which will take place in Berlin.

Novell Teaming and GroupWise conference to be held October 17-19 in Berlin

There is almost no GroupWise coverage out there, but this pair of extensive reviews did mention RIM’s GroupWise support.

Identity Management

Novell’s encounter with the Burton Group was mentioned in [1, 2, 3] and here it is again, widely syndicated in IDG.

Last week at The Burton Group’s Catalyst Conference, Novell demonstrated a pre-release version of its Cloud Security Service, designed to synchronize login and authentication data between external clouds and internal systems without exposing internal security data.


Jeff Jaffe wrote about security in Fog Computing, whereas Ben Goodman, a marketing manager from Novell, published this article about security — an article he had placed in ZDNet. ZDNet has a habit of letting quite a few Novell employees contribute articles.


There are all sorts of people who used to work at Novell and are now seen moving between companies, gaining, or losing responsibilities. Examples from the news are:

i. Reseller profile: Thomas Duryea

“My early projects involved large-scale desktop transformation, migrating to NT4, packaging applications and bringing the desktop under management using products such as Novell Zenworks and the early versions of Microsoft SMS.

ii. ControlCircle Appoints Ian Finlay as Chief Technical Officer

In addition to his work with Interoute Communications and FLAG Telecom, Ian has held senior positions at Vanco Ltd and Novell UK Ltd.

iii. Business briefcase

Camera Corner/Connecting Point hired Michael D’Amico as a senior engineer. He brings 12 years of experience to Camera Corner/Connecting Point, specializing in Microsoft, Novell and network infrastructure technologies.

The former CEO of Novell, Eric Schmidt, is leaving the board of Apple. His past role at Novell is mentioned here and here.

Eric Schmidt has stepped down from the board of Apple, three years after being elected.


Novell was mentioned briefly in here and here.

Those certifications include Web design, Mac, Linux and Novell.

A lot more significant was the following announcement:

Novell separately announced it will demonstrate the Novell Cloud Security Service with PivotLink during the event. The solution allows PivotLink to extend its security model by integrating PivotLink’s application and data level security into the overall framework.

“Our collaboration with PivotLink is a great example of our vision for transparent and trustworthy cloud computing based on robust identity and access management,” said Justin Steinman, vice president, Solution and Product Marketing at Novell. “The Novell Cloud Security Service enables enterprise customers to impose their security standards and policies in a cloud computing environment, which means customers can confidently use cloud-based applications.”

It turns out that Novell also backed the Kantara Initiative.

…Kantara Initiative, which has backing from Intel, Oracle, Sun and Novell, among others.


Almost nothing can be shown here, except this new video from Novell.

Novell deserves credit for at least promoting GNU/Linux, never mind the patent tax it helps Microsoft advocate.

Share in other sites/networks: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Reddit
  • email
  • Slashdot

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

What Else is New

  1. Links 24/9/2020: KaOS 2020.09, Arch Conf 2020 Coming, IBM Z Day 2020 Ends

    Links for the day

  2. At ZDNet, in 2020, “Linux” Means Microsoft and Windows

    The incredible charade of ZDNet carries on; the site whose parent company went bust last December isn’t even trying to hide its true agenda

  3. Red Hat is Spamming People in Order to Promote Its Sites and Its Products, Subscribing People to Mass-Marketing Lists Without the Recipients' Consent

    "Engagements" from Red Hat; have the IBM-led marketing people gone overboard, subscribing lots of people to marketing spam without bothering to ask for consent?

  4. “If I'm the Father of Open Source, It Was Done by Artificial Insemination With Stolen Sperm”

    The father of the Free software movement, Richard Stallman, is being wrongly compared to some patron of an “open source” ‘movement’ (an early effort to cancel Stallman and the FSF), which is basically a hostile corporations-led ploy these days

  5. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, September 23, 2020

    IRC logs for Wednesday, September 23, 2020

  6. The Second Wave (of Free/Libre Software)

    Despite some major setbacks and new threats to digital freedom (autonomy is perhaps a more suitable term), progress is being made and activism must adapt to tackle newer trends

  7. Exploring the Relationship Between Red Hat and Microsoft: They're Barely Even Rivals Anymore

    The ‘older Microsoft’ (serial monopolist IBM) bought Red Hat, but evidence shows that one would be wrong to assume Red Hat really competes against Microsoft (any more than Novell did; there’s a strong relationship)

  8. Microsoft Lost More Than 15 Million Web Domains in One Month!

    Microsoft's presence on the Web is being reduced to ridiculously low levels; sooner or later Microsoft will turn from 'king' of parked (unused) domains to master of nothing

  9. Links 23/9/2020: Lenovo's Deeper GNU/Linux Dive and Tor Browser 10/Tails 4.10

    Links for the day

  10. IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

    IRC logs for Tuesday, September 22, 2020

  11. The Latest Greenwashing Campaign by the EPO is Just 'Chinese Propaganda'

    When the EPO speaks of “innovation” and “clean energy transition” it means nothing but patents on batteries, in effect monopolies being granted in Europe (to a lot of Asian — not European — companies)

  12. Links 23/9/2020: Librem 14 Shipping in December, Linux Journal Returns, Istio 1.6.10 Released, Release Candidate 3 of LLVM 11.0

    Links for the day

  13. Welcome Back, Linux Journal!

    Linux Journal is coming back under the ownership/umbrella of Slashdot folks, who are sadly preoccupied and obsessed with Microsoft talking points and PR campaigns

  14. What the Efforts to Remove Dr. Stallman Reveal About the Agenda of Large Corporations (Looking to Absorb the Competition, Remove Freedom, Spread Proprietary Software in 'Open' Clothing)

    Richard Stallman's (RMS) positions and foresight are usually correct; at the moment we're losing access to key people whose leadership positions are essential for the independence of cornerstone projects

  15. Links 22/9/2020: Tails 4.11, Linux Lite 5.2 RC1

    Links for the day

  16. Minimalism for Maximisation of Productivity and Clutter Mitigation

    Unfortunately, GNU/Linux (especially the latter, Linux) embraces bloat and anti-features in pursuit of sales (appeasing large corporations, not users’ needs), reducing the modularity, reliability and productivity of computer systems in the name of helping “dumb” users (they keep telling us people are very dumb and those who disagree are “elitist” and “extremist” or even “neckbeards” — in effect insulting every person out there)

  17. IRC Proceedings: Monday, September 21, 2020

    IRC logs for Monday, September 21, 2020

  18. Post-Coronavirus Linux.com Became Nothing But a SPAM Site

    As per the Linux Foundation‘s very own brochure, scripted and fake ‘interviews’ are to be produced and then edited/negotiated (before publication) with the sponsor… in Linux.com as the platform. This is corruption (or marketing, one might call them de facto ads presented as fake ‘articles’).

  19. Erosion of Free Speech and Tolerance of Opposing Viewpoints in Free Software Communities

    The concept of free speech is being reinvented by oversensitive people who nowadays expand the list of exclusions/exemptions (from scope of 'permissible' speech) to politics and criticism of large and highly abusive corporations

  20. Links 21/9/2020: PlasmaShell With Vulkan, Plasma Beta Review Day, OpenMediaVault 5.5.11

    Links for the day

  21. Guest Post: The Worrying State of Political Judgement in Free Software Communities

    A look at what Mozilla has become and what that teaches us about the Web and about software

  22. Links 21/9/2020: KTechLab 0.50.0, Linux 5.9 RC6

    Links for the day

  23. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, September 20, 2020

    IRC logs for Sunday, September 20, 2020

  24. Git is Free Software, GitHub is Proprietary Trap

    More and more people all around the world understand that putting their fruit of labour in Microsoft's proprietary (but 'free') prison is misguided; the only vault they have is for human beings, not code

  25. Daniel Pocock on Codes of Conduct and Their Potential Dangers in Practice

    In Debian we’ve already witnessed several examples where Codes of Conduct, if put in the wrong hands (in the Linux Foundation it’s corporate hands), can achieve the very opposite of their intended goal and its a true shame as well as a travesty for legitimate victims of real abuse

  26. Links 20/9/2020: Flameshot Screenshot Tool 0.8, Okular Improvements and More

    Links for the day

  27. Reminder: Vice Chair of the Linux Foundation's Board is an Oracle Executive Who Used to Work for Microsoft

    The Linux Foundation issued statements to the effect of opposing Donald Trump, but its current leadership (people from companies like Oracle, Microsoft and IBM) is a strong proponent of doing as much business as possible with Trump (even in violation of international law)

  28. [Meme] How to Hijack Linux and Free Software to Make Them Proprietary and Microsoft-Controlled

    Intel keeps outsourcing almost everything (that's not proprietary with back doors, e.g. ME) to Microsoft's proprietary software prison, known as GitHub; to make matters worse, Intel now uses the Microsoft-hosted Rust to develop in Microsoft servers, along with Microsoft, code that promotes Microsoft proprietary software (e.g. Hyper-V) and non-standard 'extensions'.

  29. DDOS Attacks Against Us Lately

    (Distributed) Denial-of-service attacks or DDOS attacks have slowed down the site, but we treat that as evidence of suppression and fear (of what's to come and what was recently published), or accuracy (in reporting) rather than inaccuracy

  30. [Meme] Windows as Dead Man Walking (Patches Accelerate the Death)

    Microsoft is squeezing whatever life is left in its “burning platform” (which is already exceeded in terms of market share by Android) that has a "burning" (bricked) WSL with barely any users and plenty of critical problems

RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

Recent Posts