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Novell is reorganising its business to focus on two key areas - Linux and identity management.

The networking software firm's Nterprise and Linux operations will be folded into a Platform and Application Services group, CRN reports. Its other two business divisions, Secure iServices and Resource Management, will be brought together under a new Identity Services operation. The names of the new divisions are subject to change.

The reorganisation reflects Novell's move away from NetWare to a more diverse product and services portfolio, following its recent acquisition of open source firms SUSE and Ximian. NetWare has declined in importance for Novell, as well as the market as a whole, thanks to increased competition from Microsoft.

Former Ximian chief David Patrick will head Novell's Platform and Application Services group, while David Litwack, former head of SilverStream, another Novell acquisition, will lead its Identity Services business. They will report to Novell VP Chris Stone. ®

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