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Novell Wins LinuxWorld Awards for Product Excellence

WALTHAM, Mass.
February 17, 2005

Novell has been honored with product excellence awards for its security and management solutions at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in Boston. Novell® Nsure®, Novell's identity and access management offering, was selected as the best security solution, while Novell ZENworks® 6.5 for Linux management took top honors for best systems management tool. Novell was also a finalist is four additional categories, more than any other vendor. These awards reflect Novell's unique capacity among Linux vendors to deliver a full range of enterprise-level networking services beyond the core Linux distribution, providing customers the tools they need to deploy Linux in their infrastructures effectively.

The LinuxWorld product excellence awards showcased the extent and quality of Novell's offerings for Linux. Novell's finalist nominations included Novell Linux Desktop 9 for Best Open Source Solution, Novell exteNd ™ Suite 5.2 for Best Integration Solution, Novell's Integrated Collaboration Solution, composed of GroupWise®, GroupWise Messenger, Novell Evolution™ and Gaim, for Best Messaging Solution, and Mono, an open source development project led by Novell, for Best Application Development Platform.

"The LinuxWorld awards and strong showing of Novell solutions in numerous categories reinforces the benefit to our our customers and the market: that Novell is in a better position to deliver a full range of Linux solutions to the enterprise than any other vendor," said Bill Hewitt, chief marketing officer for Novell. "We thank the judges for this honor and will continue to expand our solutions to provide organizations the choice and flexibility they need to lower their IT costs."

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). Active in the open source community with its Ximian® and SUSE Linux brands, Novell provides a full range of Linux products and services for the enterprise, from the desktop to the server. 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 Centre at (888) 321-4CRC (4272) visit www.novell.com.

Novell, Ximian, GroupWise, Nsure and ZENworks are registered trademarks; Evolution, exteNd and Nterprise are trademarks; and Ngage is a service mark of Novell, Inc. in the United States and other countries. SUSE is a registered trademark of SUSE Linux AG, a Novell business. *All third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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