Novell Updates GroupWise For Linux, Adds Windows Patch

GroupWise 6.5 for Linux will hit the streets on April 15 with support on both the client and server sides.
A day after debuting SuSE Linux 9.1, Novell on Friday introduced an all-Linux version of GroupWise, its collaboration platform, and rolled out a patch-management system for Windows.

The new GroupWise 6.5 for Linux will hit the streets on April 15, Novell said, with support for the open-source operating system on both the client and server sides.

GroupWise is Novell's collaboration platform--it competes with the likes of IBM's Lotus Notes/Domino and Microsoft's Exchange/Live Communications Server--which includes E-mail, calendaring, instant messaging, contact- and document management, and workflow services.

GroupWise, part of Novell's Nterprise line, now runs on Linux--both its own SuSE Linux Enterprise Server and Red Hat's Enterprise Linux distributions are supported--as well as Windows 2000/NT and NetWare.

Novell said it will add native support for GroupWise 6.5 for Linux to the Ximian Evolution e-mail and workgroup client for Linux systems last in the year. Novell went on a Linux spending spree in 2003, first acquiring Ximian in August, and then picking up SuSE in November.

In the next 30 days, Novell also plans to add basic GroupWise plug-in support for the open-source Gaim instant-messaging client, which will let Linux desktops connect directly to the GroupWise Messenger server included in GroupWise 6.5 for secure instant messaging.

Also on Friday, Novell unveiled ZENworks, security patch-management software for Windows shops. ZENworks Patch Management includes vulnerability detection features to assess risks and report on the patches necessary for each server, desktop, and laptop on the network, automatically deploying the proper patches. ZENworks is scheduled to ship March 29 and will be priced at $18 per year per device.

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