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Novell Launches Open Source Web Site, Releases UDDI Server

Novell is creating a more direct path to its open source initiatives with the launch of the Novell Forge Web site, an open source developer resource The company is also releasing the source code of the Novell Nsure UDDI Server, which makes Web services registries more secure and easier to manage

SALT LAKE CITY (Novell BrainShare® 2003) | April 14, 2003

Having contributed for years to open source community projects such as Apache and OpenLDAP, Novell is today creating a more direct path to its open source initiatives with the launch of the Novell® Forge Web site (http://forge.novell.com), an open source developer resource. As part of the announcement of Novell Forge, the company is releasing the source code of the Novell Nsure™ UDDI Server, which makes Web services registries more secure and easier to manage by adding identity management capabilities to the Universal Description, Discovery and Integration (UDDI) standard.

"Novell believes strongly that the use of open source technology must be reciprocated by giving back to the community; and for years we've quietly contributed to a number of open source projects," said Chris Stone, Novell vice chairman - Office of the CEO. "The launch of NetWare® 6.5, which makes significant use of open source components like Apache, Tomcat, MySQL* and PHP/Perl, is a milestone in Novell's commitment to open source - so it only makes sense that we also increase our commitment to giving back, with the launch of Novell Forge and the release of the first industrial-strength, open source UDDI server."

Through the Novell Forge site, developers will be able to download, modify, exchange and update open source code released by Novell; share projects and ideas with the broader Novell development community; and participate in vertical market and technology communities. In addition to the Novell Nsure UDDI Server, the site will host Novell's existing open source projects, such as the company's DSML support for eDirectory™ that was recently published through OpenLDAP. Other open source additions to the site will be announced later this year.

"We welcome Novell's participation in open source development," said open source consultant and advocate Bruce Perens. "Recently, Novell contracted with MySQL AB to provide a commercial MySQL license to its users with every NetWare system. Since MySQL uses the same code base for its commercial-licensed and GPL versions, Novell's license payments support the continued development of MySQL under the GPL license.

"Now, Novell is taking the next step, by producing its own free software under OSI-approved licenses, including a UDDI implementation and other facilities," Perens said. "They have taken some care to act as good citizens of the open source developer community."

The Novell Forge Web site and Novell Nsure UDDI Server are available today to open source developers worldwide. For more information, go to http://forge.novell.com. Developers can also test a live version of the Novell Nsure UDDI Server by going to http://uddi.novell.com.

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