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Novell users say Linux transitions successful

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As Novell kicks off its annual user conference, customers are enthusiastic about their transitions from the legacy NetWare operating system to Linux. There’s discord, however, among Novell users regarding the company’s controversial technology pact with Microsoft.

Attendees at BrainShare next week are expecting to hear more about the Microsoft-Novell technology interchange unveiled in November, and about how other users have started integrating NetWare, Linux and Microsoft in their network environments, says Tony Iams, senior analyst with Ideas International.

"A lot of talk [at BrainShare] is going to be the relationship with Microsoft and the technology details of the relationship, as well as proof points -- they are going to be talking about customers who have benefited from the relationship and taken advantage of it," Iams says.

Already the Novell-Microsoft agreement, through which Novell’s SUSE Linux is to become the preferred Linux distribution for Windows networks, has borne fruit.

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