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Novell GroupWise coming to the Linux enterprise

As part of its broad commitment to providing top network services to Linux users, Novell today introduced the most trusted and secure collaboration platform in the industry running entirely on Linux.

SAN FRANCISCO (LinuxWorld Conference & Expo 2003) | August 5, 2003

  • Novell GroupWise to run entirely on Linux, including client and server services, part of Novell's commitment to Linux that gives customers choice to do what's best for their enterprise
  • GroupWise for Linux combines stringent security with flexible user access features and low ownership and maintenance costs

As part of its broad commitment to providing top network services to Linux users, Novell today introduced the most trusted and secure collaboration platform in the industry running entirely on Linux. Novell® GroupWise® for Linux, due the first half of 2004, will include GroupWise client and server services running entirely on Linux. A Novell Nterprise product, GroupWise handles e-mail, calendaring, instant messaging, contact management, document management and workflow services across network operating systems including Novell NetWare®, Windows NT*/2000 and now Linux.

"GroupWise has been cross-platform enabled for more than a decade, and now Novell is expanding its scope to embrace the rapidly growing Linux market," said Chris Stone, Novell vice chairman - Office of the CEO. "GroupWise for Linux brings the reliability and rich feature set of a proven collaboration environment to the Linux enterprise, giving customers the ability to choose the network platform they want while still being able to take advantage of a world-class enterprise collaboration solution. That sums up Novell's Linux strategy: proven Novell network services and support on the customer's platform of choice."

In April, Novell announced the upcoming availability of a Java*-based GroupWise client for Linux, which will be joined by the GroupWise for Linux server component to create the complete GroupWise for Linux solution. The GroupWise Cross-Platform Client is currently in beta testing, and the server component enters beta in late September. GroupWise will also fully support and integrate with the Ximian Evolution collaboration client, which was acquired by Novell earlier this week.

Maurene Caplan Grey, research director at Gartner, said, "Increasingly, enterprises are looking at Linux and open standard platforms for their messaging and collaboration applications, as well as the ability to link such services as portals and wireless access with messaging and collaboration - often through the directory. The enterprise also wants to be well supported on Linux, just like they would be with any proprietary platform."

According to David Thomas, CIO of the Electric Power Board in Chattanooga, Tenn., the addition of Linux support to GroupWise will give Novell customers greater flexibility in platform selection and potentially lowered maintenance requirements. "As experienced GroupWise users, we are pleased to see Novell's solution for enterprise collaboration on Linux. We see Linux as a viable platform path, and Novell's move to deliver all of its network services on Linux makes every Novell product we use more valuable because of the options it gives us to do what's best for our organization. GroupWise works, and works well, and the option to run it on Linux makes it that much more appealing."

Novell GroupWise combines stringent security with flexible user access features and low ownership and maintenance costs. GroupWise caters to the way people really work, giving them access to their information when and where they need it through the client or Web browser via desktop and laptop computers, wireless telephones, PDAs and RIM* devices. Currently more than 34 million strong, GroupWise users take advantage of lower total cost of ownership, including lower initial costs combined with lower administration costs, advantages not available from products like Exchange and Notes.

"I have administered both Exchange and Lotus in addition to GroupWise, and GroupWise is by far the most cost-effective and administrator-friendly enterprise collaboration solution," said Candy Kaufman, network engineer for Mecklenburg County in North Carolina. "It requires little or no training, and is the best, in my book.".

Novell GroupWise is part of Novell Nterprise, a set of offerings that improve communication, simplify and automate network management, and allow workers to be productive regardless of location, device or platform. For more information on GroupWise, visit For more on Novell's Linux offerings, see

About Novell
Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL) is a leading provider of information solutions that deliver secure identity management (Novell Nsure), Web application development (Novell exteNd) and cross-platform networking services (Novell Nterprise), all supported by strategic consulting and professional services (Novell NgageSM). Novell's vision of one Net - a world without information boundaries - helps customers realize the value of their information securely and economically. For more information, call Novell's Customer Response Center at (888) 321-4CRC (4272) or visit Press should visit

Novell, NetWare and GroupWise are registered trademarks; exteNd, Nsure and Nterprise are trademarks; and Ngage is a service mark of Novell, Inc. in the United States and other countries. *All third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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