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Novell is putting open source and identity management centre stage at its European user conference this week. The networking firm announced that Novell Open Enterprise Server (OES), which includes Novell's NetWare and SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 9 operating systems, as well as integrated management tools, will be available from early November. The upcoming release reaffirms Novell's strategy of supporting both NetWare and Linux in future enterprise software releases.

Novell has set up a unit - in partnership with top-tier software and hardware vendors including HP, IBM, Intel and Oracle - to help customers to move their applications to Linux. It will set up a Porting and Migration Centre in Germany to act as a testing centre for developers looking to move applications onto open source platforms. On the hardware front, Novell has signed up Bull to sell SuSE Linux Enterprise 9 across its server product line.

Security - and in particular identity management - is another key theme of this year's BrainShare Europe conference. Novell Virtual Directory Services will allow developers to include a local identity store to integrate existing corporate directories with applications. Novell eDirectory 8.8, soon in open beta, will be scaled up over previous releases so that the management of millions of identities by the product becomes a possibility.

Novell is keen to make greater inroads in the key government market with its enhanced identity-driven and open source products. More details about sales and marketing initiatives in this area are due to be released later this week. ®

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